Fireplace Bellows

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Project by SigThrottle posted 246 days ago 774 views 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Today I finished my first bellows project; a gift I made for a close friend. I was surprised by how much time such a simple thing could could require! The wood is Home Dept “Common board” pine or fir, with 2oz leather. I turned the nozzle on my lathe, cut the body on my band saw, glued the bellows with contact cement and nailed it with a laser. oops I mean hammer! Anyway, it works well and doesn’t leak so merry Christmas, and roaring fires!

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#1 posted 246 days ago

I love it! That’s inspiration for bellow project. Thank you for sharing!

-- DJ Peck, Lincoln Nebraska. I think of my shop as Fritter City. I am the Mayor.

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#2 posted 246 days ago

Nice work, looks like it should serve you well.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#3 posted 243 days ago

What a great gift! You did good.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA

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#4 posted 243 days ago

Thanks! I’m glad it meets you approval, this is my first try. It doesn’t seem to have any leaks and moves a good amount of air.
It took some guess work to finish and all my inspiration was found on various how to pages and instructables. The most helpful thing I read was how to measure and shape the bellows leather. I would advise anyone starting this to use nails along with contact cement. This one is holding strong although it also hasn’t been set by the fire yet… I found, when glueing on the bellows, that adding nails really helped keep the leather in place-especially around the handle.

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