Concrete path

I really need to sort out this concrete path…
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Sliced up paving slabs will provide form-work. Can be left in situ as a feature.
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Diamond disc cutter…
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Impromptu slab sizing jig fixed to trestle…
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Stone bevelling jig…
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Cut to size, bevelled edges and stuck with industrial adhesive.
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Right side up (cut face), looks good…
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Form-work laid to pegged-out levels. Can pour concrete as individual panels, as and when.
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Panel centre features; molds made out of cement, water and a little PVA glue.
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Pattern mold made from coke bottle and a pen top lid…
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Using crayon as a release agent…
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Cement mix poured on top of mold to produce an inverted pattern…
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Wood block stuck to back of inverted pattern as a handle…
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Mix for medallions: 1 sand, 1 cement, 1 iron filings…
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Inverted pattern into tube, mixture packed in & pressed out…
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Wet medallions…
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Dry medallions (to be used as a centre feature in each panel)…
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Alternate panels poured (so I can work on each one without stepping on a previous wet panel)…
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Medallions were pressed in after tamping & striking each panel.
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Mix for panels: 1,3,3 (cement, sharp sand, ballast).
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Bostik.co.uk – Gripfill adhesive

Source4me – Concrete mix calculator

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Metal casting furnace

Metal casting furnace suitable for aluminium, zinc & copper alloys
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Stainless steel furnace ties from TIG wire filler
Metal casting furnace

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Metal casting furnace

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Using a jig to produce identical polystyrene blanks to mould the inner refractory lining
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Metal casting furnace

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Metal casting furnace

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Metal casting furnace

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Metal casting furnace

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Metal casting furnace

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Reducing (carburizing), neutralising, oxidizing adjustment aperture and drain port.
Metal casting furnace

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‘Pattern’ for my electronics stand
Metal casting furnace

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Metal casting furnace

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Machined back brass ingot showing very few inclusions
Metal casting furnace

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Machined aluminium billet showing very few inclusions
Metal casting furnace

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Metal casting furnace

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Crucible Lifting irons & a pair of trivets.
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Trivets.
Metal casting furnace

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15″ & 10″ cope & drag flasks.
Metal casting furnace

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Pigging tin (cup cake baking tray, aka ‘ingot molds’).
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Excess melt used to make ingots. Ingots save crucible space & cut down dross on the next melt.
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The skimmed dross (impurities) from melted aluminium items.
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Flux / degaussing diffuser.
Metal casting furnace

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Welded mild steel crucible for aluminium alloys.
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Extended trivet.
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Drossing spoon.
Metal casting furnace

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Welded stainless steel crucible for copper alloys & crucible pouring shank.
Metal casting furnace

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Melted brass, when skimming off the dross a beautiful, bright yellow & green luminosity is seen…
Metal casting furnace

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Used for making round stock
Metal casting furnace

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Halfords – V High Temperature Engine Enamel Paint Matt Black

Everbuild – Kos Fire Cement Buff

Hydroponics-simplified.com – Perlite

Myfordboy’s furnace

Bullfinch – Standard burner no.1250

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