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    I thought it was a good idea to quickly make a few bellows for my friends. I kind of misjudged the time and cost of materials . Maybe using marine ply was overkill.... Anyway, I'm happy to see the end of that project after making 7 in total.....
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    Baie nice
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    Very neat! Well done.
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    That is so smart.
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    Ek is stomgeslaan. Dis nou netjies!

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    Excellent job they look very very nice well done
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    Thanks guys
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    It would be nice to tell us more about this. What material do you use to make the bellows and how do you attach it to the wood. Very nice.

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    Also tell us about the one-way valve.

    I can appreciate good workmanship!
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    Quote Originally Posted by plunger View Post
    It would be nice to tell us more about this. What material do you use to make the bellows and how do you attach it to the wood. Very nice.
    Deciding on a shape and cutting your templates for the wood and vinyl is I suppose the only tricky part. As I mentioned the 15mm marine ply was probably overkill. You get a thinner (13mm I think) pine ply that can also be used. I bought the leather look vinyl and carpentry nails from Kehl's in Maitland.

    You cut the bat looking shapes out of the plywood with a hand held jigsaw. You also need a 3rd small piece that is glued in between the 2 "bats". I then sanded all around the edges as well as shaped the tip in the front using a belt sander. I suppose there are better tools for this job but the belt sander is all I have. The hole in the tip for the 15mm copper pipe can be drilled at this point.

    I then glue and clamp the handles by placing a piece of off-cut plywood between the 2 bats. Once that is done I cut the breather hole on the one bat and then saw off the one bat and fit the hinge. Once the 2 bats are separated I add 2 screws on the inside for both handles for extra strength. The handles are made out of meranti. A small vinyl flap is fixed on the inside over the breather hole. The vinyl flap is only fixed on the one side with glue (Genkem) and 3 small screws. Drill a hole on the end of each handle to fit the riempie right at the end.

    Then it is varnished. Paint a thin layer of Genkem all around the edges as well as the edges of the vinyl cover. Fix the vinyl to the wood and remove any overlap with a sharp cutting knife. Then the tedious job of hammering in all those carpentry nails. Last this is the short length of copper pipe that is glued into the hole in the tip.

    The above is not necessarily the process I followed with the 1st ones but this is what worked best in the end...
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    Last time I said never again but some pressure from friends pulled my out of my bellow "retirement" for one more batch of 8 bellows. This time I used lighter pine ply instead of the heavy marine ply on the 1st batch. I stuck to meranti for the handles. Anyway, 5 down with 3 at about 90% complete.

    Now I'm throwing away the templates......or maybe I'll keep them. I might just have a change of heart when I actually retire in 6 years....
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    I would like to be your friend.
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    Quote Originally Posted by stevan View Post
    I would like to be your friend.
    Maybe if I was a true friend I would tell them to stop buying @%& braai wood . I have a bellow at home and it is still brand new. No need for a bellow if you have good wood .

    The one in my Bush Lapa however gets used very often. Good wood is not always readily available when you are travelling and camping... plus the bellow works well to blow off excess dust before opening any doors on the van...
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    Default Re: Making bellows

    Nice, do you use a spring inside to keep it expanded?

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    Quote Originally Posted by emileheyns View Post
    Nice, do you use a spring inside to keep it expanded?
    No spring...manually operated.... It would be too bulky to pack away if it remains expanded.
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