Despite summer vacation and other obligations, work continues to progress on the Casting Furnace. In the past few weeks Bret has pinched the end of a metal brake line tube used to feed the furnace diesel fuel and installed a needle valve to better control the fuel flow rate.
Brant has been milling and machining parts for a mechanism that will both lift the lid and turn it out of the way when someone steps on a foot pedal. The next steps will be to finish the foot pedal, weld it to the rig, and secure the lid to the top of of the lifting post. Bret also plans to improve the casting tongs so they are more easy to use.
For more information, see the project wiki page: http://wiki.milwaukeemakerspace.org/projects/casting_furnace