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Bellows stiffener question
Posted by: phuphuphnik ()
Date: December 17, 2010 04:24AM

Well, I just finished cutting out 150 17" trapezoids out of posterboard when I woke up and realized it is in no way stiff enough to hold up 17" bellows. What is a good material to use? I priced Basswood and balsa, but I might as well buy bellows for how much the wood'll cost me.

On the otherhand, I'm looking at it flattened, not pasted together in the corrugated shape that the bellows will have, which should stiffen it up quite a bit. Will it be enough, though?
I'm using this for a reference: [my.net-link.net]
cheers,
chriso



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Re: Bellows stiffener question
Posted by: fly ()
Date: December 18, 2010 06:55AM

That a good reference, but look up jb harlin, jbhphoto.com he has a great camera making section a good bellows making booklet. I was thinking of using hips board(plastic)
next time, I used 2 ply mat board on my first 2 bellows, My 3rd might look pretty good...

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Re: Bellows stiffener question
Posted by: Ray Morgenweck ()
Date: December 18, 2010 03:11PM

Im sorry I cannot really reveal my techniques...but Ill give you a good piece of advice. DONT try and re invent the wheel here. Get an old bellows, take it apart and look at how it is made. THEN, just do the same thing!

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Re: Bellows stiffener question
Posted by: John Hurlock ()
Date: December 19, 2010 02:28PM

If Rays advice doesn't work out, you might try rubbing the bellows with cialis.
Be sure and call your doctor for bellows that won't fold back up after 4 hours.

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Re: Bellows stiffener question
Posted by: Ray Morgenweck ()
Date: December 30, 2010 02:28PM

John, there is a "non chemical" way to do this...


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Re: Bellows stiffener question
Posted by: RobertSzabo ()
Date: December 30, 2010 03:42PM

I with you Ray. Here is one for you.

Bye Bye Birdie

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Re: Bellows stiffener question
Posted by: J0B00 ()
Date: December 30, 2010 05:29PM

In this Post-Christmas world, the perfect stiffener material is available for cheap, given the sales, etc...

Go to Wal-Mart and check the clearance section for gift boxes - the kind you put shirts and sweaters in before wrapping them. Its the same cardboard your cereal boxes are made from... That's what I used for my new camera...perfect stiffness, and it only cost me $3 for enough boxes to make a 10 1/2 in. square bellows with 24 inches of draw.

...or you could try the above suggestions. winking smiley



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