Bell Frame (part one) (Job No: 1241)

This is a height adjustable bell frame with an integral step that I made a couple of years ago. The concept was brought to me by a musician for me to design and realise. It has come back to have a modification made.


The problem is the depth of the step; the playing position is too close to the bells. The only practical solution is for me to replace the solid board with two halves that open out like a book.

Now that I am satisfied that it will work, and more importantly, will solve the problem, I need to make some legs. Unfortunately I will need four legs so that it is a free standing unit; I don’t like the idea of standing on something with two legs and relying on the hinges to hold the other end.

Above shows the four legs made, and work has begun on the diagonal braces.


The new step made and tested – I jump on it as hard as I can.


Like all of my frames, I make them as simple to use as possible. One wing screw needs to be undone to fold the legs in.


The same wing screw now goes back, and holds the whole assembly in place for transportation.

The story continues in 1241: Bell Frame (pt 2)

3 comments on “Bell Frame (part one) (Job No: 1241)

  1. Brian THOMAS

    I’m fascinated by the work you get to do – it looks so interesting.
    I wondered what other methods you’d considered for hinging the two base-boards together before deciding on a piano-style hinge? I’d have thought a piano hinge would get really stressed by being underfoot, especially if either of the base-boards flex.

    • pauljefferies

      Hi Brian. The other idea I came up with was the second board to telescope outwards, but it is just too complicated, and simplicity is best. The reason why I went for a piano style hinge over a butt hinge was so the whole edge was supported as opposed to just where the hinges would be. The other factors to consider was tripping hazards on the surface of the step – I didn’t want the big barrel of a butt hinge sticking up. Therefore the new part of the step has four legs, so it will always be firm to the ground, the older step (which was too close to the bells) can still change in angle (relative to horizontal) as the base of the bell frame is adjusted up and down to make it level.


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