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Wall Hung Tool Cabinet #17: Tambour Door Install w/ Video

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Blog entry by Smitty_Cabinetshop posted 01-07-2013 03:30 AM 2182 reads 1 time favorited 30 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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The wall hung has suffered from extreme neglect, but some progress was made over the Holiday Break. So, an installment! Here’s the cabinet in raw form: No doors, no drawers, no tambour.

Here’s the door to be installed to slide and close the lower left corner opening. It’s been patiently waiting for me to give it any attention, and finally the time came.

I saved the radius turns from the original Hoosier top, and those were used to trace top radius corners as well as the inside turn pieces cut.

The pieces came together and sandwiched the tambour pretty well.

I started the install by placing the top, corner-squared pieces at either end, at the top of the opening (first applying wax because it won’t get easier to wax the parts once in place. I then held the tambour in place and marked the position of the inset radius pieces, predrilled and waxed them, and screwed them into place as well.

The side strips were installed next.

I probably have an anal aversion to the tambour ‘catching’ on hard corners, so I eased the corners where the upper retainers met the strips.. Didn’t need to do that, in hindsight, but it is what it is and there’s no downside.

Both ends done, ready for tambour.

It set right in place, and the bottom fit fine!

At the open position, the corner-squared pieces catch the tambour’s ‘base’ and prevent the door from sliding up and out of sight.

I’m digging this!

EDIT, ADDED VIDEO:

And the whole cabinet looks good, pictured as I stood on top of the assembly table and looked down. I’ve arranged the cherry pieces that define the door openings and panels that are the tasks ahead. I’m not looking forward to the mortise and tenon work required to make these frame and panel doors a reality, though…

That’s it for now, more to come. And thanks for looking!

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



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ShaneA

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#1 posted 01-07-2013 03:36 AM

The hoosier lives! Now we are talking. Good work on the tambour door, cool little detail. You can bang those doors out easy Smitty… : )

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#2 posted 01-07-2013 04:47 AM

My sawing skills will be much improved when I’m done with these door. Oh, and I need a 1/4” or 3/8” pigsticker… Rats. ;-)

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

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#3 posted 01-07-2013 09:52 AM

Excellent ! Love the post! Good job.

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#4 posted 01-07-2013 01:08 PM

How many times did you open and close the tambour- marveling?

-- It isn't the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it's the pebble in your shoe. - Muhammad Ali

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#5 posted 01-07-2013 01:13 PM

Still counting, I’ll get back to ya. :-)

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

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#6 posted 01-07-2013 05:08 PM

Great progress Smitty! The tambour is a really unique touch. I almost expect to see a loaf of bread sitting behind that tambour for some reason.

Why don’t you do bridal joints if you don’t like the M&T. That would be more fun saw work and no mortise chopping if that’s what you’re not looking forward to.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#7 posted 01-07-2013 05:57 PM

The hoosier is looking super sexy. I am glad to see it progressing. Thanks Smitty.

-- ~Tony

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#8 posted 01-07-2013 06:01 PM

I like bridal joints. I have grown found of joints that are pinned with small multiple pins. In fact that is what paratrooper did for his cabinet.

-- It isn't the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it's the pebble in your shoe. - Muhammad Ali

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#9 posted 01-07-2013 06:04 PM

Sorry, my mistake. He did wedged through tenons. But still…..........

-- It isn't the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it's the pebble in your shoe. - Muhammad Ali

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#10 posted 01-07-2013 06:05 PM

OK, OK…I will throw it out there, why not just use your TS. Pretty simple set up, and accurate. I know, hand tool cabinet and all, but I wont tell on you.

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#11 posted 01-07-2013 06:25 PM

You could always rent a Festool domino and then peg the tenons with hand shaped cherry dowels. LOL

-- It isn't the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it's the pebble in your shoe. - Muhammad Ali

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#12 posted 01-07-2013 07:21 PM

I’m thinking M&T because I will have stuff hanging on the inside of the doors… strenght optimized with that joint vs. laps, is the thought.

Glad you like the tambour. It is totally unique, ‘cept for at least one type of Stanley tool cabinet sold in the 30s having a whole front of tambour. I’ve seen one in pictures… prety cool. That told me it’d be an okay acoutriment on my wall hung.

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

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#13 posted 01-07-2013 11:56 PM

i simply gaze in amazement…..................

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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#14 posted 01-08-2013 01:26 AM

I’m with you Don. I’m sitting here dazed and agog. The man has skills period.

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it.

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#15 posted 01-08-2013 05:17 AM

Dang smitty. I just stumbled upon this blog and HOLY COW, this is actually amazing to see what you have accomplished. I would love to have HALF the skills (and tools) that you have for this project. I know that when I build a wall tool cabinet, it will not be even close to yours in character or design. I have learned a lot just reading this blog.
It is bookmarked now and will be referred to often when I need inspiration.

Looking forward to the next installment.

-- I'm not clumsy.. It's just the floor hates me, the tables and chairs are bullies and the wall gets in the way.. - Mike -

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