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Making a pair of bellows - continued

4. Using a very sharp knife trim the excess hide from the the panel edges leaving the flaps that extend beyond the nose block. A cleaner edge is obtained by cutting from the inner (suede) surface towards the outer, finished, surface.

5. Brush glue, preferably Araldite, around the first ½" of the nozzle at the unturned end and press it home into the hole in the nose block.

6. Trim, and cut recesses in the nose block flaps so that you can fold them around the nozzle and ensure you have a good seal.

nose block flaps

nozzle cover

7. Fit the nozzle cover over the nozzle and tack down to each panel.

8. Drive a tack through the hide into the back of each handle to ensure you have a good tight seal at this point. You should use shorter tacks for this.

9. Last but not least, pull the thong through the hole in the handle of panel "A" and secure, and you should have ended up with a pair of bellows as in the illustration below.

bellows

bellows


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