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Gluing Heavy Bellows Cloth to Wood
Also see: Gluing Bellows with Stationary Board

Always double-glue heavy bellows cloth with animal hide glue and then iron the cloth. If you don't know what that means, follow this link to watch Craig glue a feeder bellows -click here.

This page is just getting started. Below are pictures that show how to glue heavy bellows cloth to wood and to itself. To help you identify the 'cotton side' of the cloth -click here.

Note that the glue sits on top of the black side, but soaks into the material on the jean-colored side. That's because the jean-colored side is made of cotton material while the black side is made from acrylic material.

When gluing the area where the cloth overlaps, it is necessary to tack the cloth in the four places shown. The tacks on the left prevent the cloth from lifting at the corners. The tacks on the right prevent a channel from occurring where the piece of cloth on the left ends. You can feel the 'dip' in the cloth, and that's where the tacks get put. Also, check out this alternative method that utilizes hot melt glue -click here.

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