and three inches wide?
Orator For Decency wrote:
I did this when replacing flat belts on on old mill, and paid about £40
for two long belts. I think I bonded it with copydex or similar. An old
Machinery's Handbook will have a section on belt joining/repair.
Only problem was the saddle leather wasn't pre-stretched, and slackened
off over time... you may need to stretch the finished belts yourself
10th EditiThe most satisfactory method of joining the ends of a belt is by
making a cemented lap joint. The belt ends should be tapered to a
smooth even surface.....and the length of the lap should vary with the
belt width approximately as given below...
Which says for a 3" wide belt the length of lap should be 6". The
inclination of the lap joint should be in the direction of belt
You should read what it says about how to make the glue for it:)
Slightly OT, but years ago we made some moulded parts for a leather
stretcher that used memory metal to tension the hides. These were
developed by an innovative company called Delta Metals Research which
I'm sure was a spin-off from Manganese Bronze in Ipswich.
Unfortunately now appear to have gone the way of all the enginnering
Thanks to all for answers on leather belts, had a sneaking susp. that it
wouldnt be cheap. as far as fastening is concerned i don`t have a problem as
when a local hat factory closed down somw years ago amongst all the stuff i
bought was loads of belt "clips" . didnt get the clamping vice they used but
with care a vice will do .