A foundry shop is a place where the metal casting is prepared by melting and pouring the molten metal into moulds. Some of the commonly used tools in the foundry shop for the molding process are shovel, trowel, riddle, rammer, draw spike, swab, vent wire and slick tool.
Shovel tool is used for mixing and tempering molding sand and for moving the sand pile to the flask.
A trowel tool is used to shape and smooth the surfaces of the mold and for doing small repairs. They are made of steel and are relatively long and narrow.
A Riddle tool is a screen or sieve used to remove small pieces of metal and foreign particles from the molding sand.
Rammer tool is used to compress the molding sand. The hand rammer is made of tool and resembles a handless mallet with one end flat and the other end blunt edge.
Draw spike tool is used to remove the pattern from the mold and also used for rapping the pattern gently the loosen it from the sand to assure a clean draw.
The swab tool is made of flax or hemp and is used for applying water to the mold around the corners and edges of the patterns. This tool prevents the sand edges from crumbling when the pattern is removed from the mold.
A vent wire is a thin rod or wire carrying a pointed edge at one end and a wooden handle at the other end. Vent wire is used to make small holes called vents in the sand mold.
Slicks tools are the spoon-shaped trowels used for repairing or smoothening a mold surface.