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Misc. Shop Stuff #59: Repairing Sliding Tambour

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Blog entry by Smitty_Cabinetshop posted 04-05-2017 08:38 PM 612 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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We’ve had this Sellers brand hoosier cabinet for many, many years but there’s no room for it in the house anymore. One issue that needed attention was the rolling tambor door; it was in four pieces. The challenge has always been finding a way to repair tambor that is fixed in place / not removable.

The first step was finding suitable tambor door material. The interwebz calls it canvas or duck canvas, so I will too. Fortunately, I kept some canvas from an old printer cover and had it in the rags drawer in the shop. It was cut up into a couple of strips long enough to span the range of individual tambors to be joined by fabric. Here’s a pic of the new stuff in the same frame as the original.

The first step in this repair process was joining a single tambor to a three-piece set. That was easy enough in that each of those strips could be slanted in the track and removed / replaced without issue (so there are no pictures). I applied a general coating of wood glue to the fabric and pressed each side together with cauls; from there I was down to three pieces.

Next step was joining the four-tambor piece to the lower, handled section of tambor that could not be removed from the cabinet. For this one, I slathered on glue and used the same cauls with a pair of 3” Pony hand clamps to get the job done.

And the bottom half is complete, with extra canvas ready to mate to the upper half of the sliding tambor.

So, down to two pieces but the challenge of joining them remains. Wasn’t sure how to proceeed, but came up with a plan that should work: bits of dowel rod used as a type of spring pole clamp. I’ve seen these in online articles but couldn’t re-find those now, so the name is likely wrong, but oh well. For the fix then, I cut a couple thin caul-like pieces that will press against the glued canvas which in turn are held in place by spring poles.

First, hold the bottom half where I want it with stop blocks.

Close up this gap:

Spring Pole / Clampy Thingy pics:

So, did they work? I don’t know, haven’t glued it up yet. But… I’ll be sure to let you know.

Thanks for looking!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --



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duckmilk

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#1 posted 04-05-2017 09:38 PM

You and Mos, always leaving us in suspense. Lots of innovative thinking going on there Smitty. Great job (if it works) ;-)

-- "Duck and Bob would be out doin some farming with funny hats on." chrisstef

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jbay

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#2 posted 04-05-2017 09:44 PM

I used to buy the canvas at the fabric store then contact cement a full piece to the back.
I don’t know what your using for glue but the contact cement worked great for me.
Looks like you could put some cleats on that little shelf to hold up the back of the tambour
while you glue it.

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AnthonyReed

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#3 posted 04-05-2017 09:56 PM

Fun stuff Smitty! Love the clampy thingy ingenuity particularly.

Thank you.

-- ~Tony

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theoldfart

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#4 posted 04-05-2017 11:33 PM

Slick Smitty.

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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#5 posted 04-06-2017 01:10 AM

...the Mother of Invention. ;-)

Work Safely and have Fun. – Len

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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#6 posted 04-10-2017 09:41 PM

Okay, glued it up last night so we’ll find out soon how suitable the repair has been. “Film at Eleven!”

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#7 posted 04-13-2017 06:48 PM

Not a moving picture, but film nonetheless.

It worked! Tambour slides up and down, just like it should. And is staying in one piece, too. Now to repair a couple other things with the Hoosier before putting it up for sale.

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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#8 posted 04-13-2017 07:42 PM

You’re a wizard.

-- ~Tony

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mafe

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#9 posted 04-16-2017 02:58 PM

I love those doors.
Fine work on the repair.
Best thoughts,
Mads

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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