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Harbor Freight sells a hobbyist quality lathe, also your local votech often will help.
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I did a little looking and researching on this. Dont get me wrong i love harbor freight but i get real scared making purchases on tools like this from there.
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If I was going to get a lathe I'd look at secondhand 'proper' lathes, like a Myford.
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I did a little looking and researching on this. Dont get me wrong i love harbor freight but i get real scared making purchases on tools like this from there.
FWIW little machine shop sells the EXACT SAME lathe. They're all Sieg machines which come from the same factory (grizzly sells them too at a higher cost with a different color paint job). There are some disadvantages to the Sieg lathes but they're not bad if you work within their capabilities
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I have done some sandcasting but I've never worked with brass. My father in law has a modest backyard foundry set up that works great for casting stuff out of aluminum. The furnace is heated with propane and gets hot enough to melt aluminum but I'm not sure if it would melt brass. There's about a 500 degree difference, 1200 compared 1700 (in round numbers). Maybe if a blower were added, but I've never looked into it.

What I can tell you is that sandcasting is awesome and I highly recommend it. People have been doing it for thousands of years so how hard can it be?

I've posted some pictures of parts I've made in another thread. Here's a link...
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Static casting of brass or bronze will give you fits. Get ready to make lots of little wax patterns. Porosity is your enemy. Safety is a big issue. Jimbond can tell you about it.
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Another idea is find someone who has a 3D printer make the part, send it to me and I'll have it cast in SiBrz. we cast parts for steam cars thru jet engines. look at
http://hillbillyvintageclassics.com/ all of marks stuff came from our shop.
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Plus 1 on the 3D printing and sand cast.
Very easy and cheap these days.
Even the 3d machines that print in metal have come way down is price....that way, you can skip the cast itself.
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3D printed metal parts are a mixture of powdered metal and plastic after the part is made it has to be sintered in a furnace, not a cheap. You would be better off having the part machined.
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Machining simple parts sure. However when you get into complex geometrical shapes, the tooling and fixturing gets really expensive.
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