Fireplace bellows

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Project by dgom posted 11-20-2019 08:28 PM 313 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

When I found a large piece of brown leather at a flea market last summer, I got the idea to replace the old bellows we had (cheap dollar store type, completely worn out). I started with selecting some off-cuts that I saved for some years in the attic from an old project and processed them into usable boards. I used the old bellows as a rough template but made the new ones a bit larger and to my opinion a nicer shape. I prepared a paper template for the leather once the two bellows were finished and could be temporarily assembled. Then it was easy to cut the leather to size and attach it with contact adhesive and tacks. The nozzle is made from a piece of 12 mm copper pipe. Boiled linseed oil was used for finishing.

I did not take any pictures of the inside so if you want to see the “mechanism” of the air intake you can e.g. look here:

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Jim Jakosh

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#1 posted 11-20-2019 10:02 PM

Very nice bellows!! Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#2 posted 11-20-2019 10:15 PM

That’s a great job. They are going to look super next to your fireplace.

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#3 posted 11-21-2019 01:44 AM

Great post- memories from 1959 woodshop

-- Desert_Woodworker

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#4 posted 11-21-2019 02:43 PM

Fantastic job….I always liked to actualy play with it as a kid…hehehe

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#5 posted 11-22-2019 07:38 PM

Thanks for your comments! Really appreciate it.

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