Fireplace Bellows

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Project by Jim Finn posted 03-11-2012 01:09 AM 2344 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have made about 50 of these functioning fireplace bellows. They are 16” long and have tooled leather inlayed into the top of them. After cutting to shape with my scroll saw, I turn the whole bellows in my lathe to get the round handles and nozzle ends. I use a 30-30 casing to make the brass nozzle. The hardest part of making these is putting the flexible leather between the top and bottom wooden sections. This flexible leather is glued and tacked in place. Fun to make and challenging to sell. I have made them of Pine, walnut, oak, cedar,cherry,chestnut and a few mystery woods I found in pallets.

-- "You may have your PHD but I have my GED!"

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Walther von Einik

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#1 posted 03-11-2012 01:16 AM

Very nice work and carving! Do you have a scheme of them?


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Jim Finn

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#2 posted 03-11-2012 02:32 PM

I developed a pattern for these bellows 30 years ago. I purchased one with decorative carving on the face when I was in Norway , and patterned mine after it. I can email you a pattern and instructions if you like. Write me at:

-- "You may have your PHD but I have my GED!"

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#3 posted 03-11-2012 04:58 PM

Those look really nice

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#4 posted 03-11-2012 07:40 PM

Nicely done Jim. I also like the leather tag on the bellows in photo #2. Thanks for sharing.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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Monty Queen

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#5 posted 04-14-2012 11:00 PM

Beautifull belows, I love the color patern. Thanks again for your help on the one i made.

-- Monty Q, Columbia, South Carolina.

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