Before you can mold patterns you need a bench to mix, hold and fill your mold flasks with molding sand. To that end I built this molding bench it is 2' X 4' and built very heavy with construction grade lumber and 3/4" plywood. It will hold 200 lbs of molding sand and 300 lbs in 5 gallon pails underneath. The roll over rails easily slide out for access to all the sand when mixing.
And here are some pictures of my casting setup.
First setting up for aluminum pour.
The safety equipment.
The molds ready to pour.
All poured and cooling.
Setting up for casting iron.
Open face iron pour, still red hot.
And here is a pic. of some of the first castings I played with.