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Arc Furnace For Use With DC Stick Welder (Other Project)
The Ingredients...
DIYShopTools.com - Arc Furnace For Stick Welder Build
The Process...
           I took a unique approach to this project from what all I've seen online. I've seen plenty of builds that are at least as high of quality as mine. But they just don't have the kind of finish you'd expect to see if you were looking to buy one. For my builds, not only do I plan to use them regularly, but I also expect that they'll be easily visible in my shop. As a result, I want them to have a decent appearance. They may not be pleasing to look at, I just don't want them to be painful to look at either. Now, with that little disclaimer taken care of, I hope that my choice of using an old top-loading clothes washing machine as the basis of this build makes a little more sense. I got a dead washing machine for free that I took the motor from and completely took apart. While disassembling the shell, I figured it would make a good arc furnace. I can put the front panel on a hinge and magnet/spring like a cabinet and use it to access the inside, where I can store the welder, connect the stingers, etc. You can also access the supports and platform that the actual furnace will be located on top of. And then for actual operation, you open the top door to find the arc furnace, crucible, stingers, and carbon electrodes. Since I'm about done with the welder, I'll have to empty out the washer shell that has turned into a storage space over time, and build the interior foundry. Since I'm currently working on my backyard foundry, it's perfect timing to knock out all of the refractory at once.