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Project by CalgaryBill posted 03-12-2018 10:50 PM 1079 views 7 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

On our recent trip to New Zealand and Australia I saw several of these boxes and admired them. When we returned home I remembered that I had a plan for a box like that from a magazine that I had filed away. I dug it out and proceeded to attempt to make that box. It proved to be quite a challenge, but I did succeed in completing the box. In the process I used my tablesaw, bandsaw, biscuit joiner, several different router bits as well as sanders. It’s quite a fascinating box. When you open the drawer the tambour top retracts like a mini roll-top desk and reveals a shelf inside. The tambour slides in a curving track in the sides of the box and its bottom edge is attached to the back of the drawer. The process also required me to made several templates to rout the track in the sides of the box. I used my usual finish of Minwax Tung Oil and buffed it with the Beall buffing system. Thanks for looking.

-- Calgary Bill





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Woodenwizard

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#1 posted 03-12-2018 11:06 PM

Nicely done! The opening of the top is clever and the looks are unique. What magazine did the plans come from?

-- John, Colorado's (Wooden Wizard)

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#2 posted 03-13-2018 12:11 AM

Very nice Bill

-- Rick M, http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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#3 posted 03-13-2018 12:27 AM

That is very nice. You did a GREAT job. I would love to see plans for it….....

-- K. Stone “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” ― Benjamin Franklin

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ralbuck

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#4 posted 03-13-2018 12:37 AM

Extreme!

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#5 posted 03-13-2018 01:31 AM

Wonderful build on that hard piece Bill.

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#6 posted 03-13-2018 02:19 AM

Boxes are everywhere but thus one is somewhat unique and I do like it!
Could that drawer be called a drolltop?

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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JTTHECLOCKMAN

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#7 posted 03-13-2018 03:17 AM

I like this idea and may have to borrow it and scale down to a pen box for next years contest. Very nice work and thanks for showing.

-- John T.

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#8 posted 03-13-2018 03:33 AM

Great job, the plan came from Woodworking Journal #181.

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#9 posted 03-13-2018 11:56 AM

Very nice box. I saw a video of building this and have always wanted to try it.

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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#10 posted 03-13-2018 03:24 PM



Nicely done! The opening of the top is clever and the looks are unique. What magazine did the plans come from?

- Woodenwizard

Plans were in the April 2011 issue of Woodworker’s Journal. There’s also a video of the build online.

-- Calgary Bill

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#11 posted 03-13-2018 07:59 PM

This is a beautiful box and so nicely done.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- helluvawreck aka Charles, http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

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#12 posted 03-13-2018 10:27 PM

Bill , nice job and congratulations on your ‘Daily Top 3’ award.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#13 posted 03-14-2018 01:04 PM

Very nicely done Bill. I have an old Fine woodworking router book from late 80’s or early 90’s with an article and plan for one of these. They are more complex that many might think, so kudos for your great result.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#14 posted 03-14-2018 07:50 PM

that nice, love those boxes.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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JTTHECLOCKMAN

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#15 posted 03-15-2018 03:22 AM



Very nicely done Bill. I have an old Fine woodworking router book from late 80 s or early 90 s with an article and plan for one of these. They are more complex that many might think, so kudos for your great result.

- stefang

That is what I am thinking. I have to see if I have that article that some referenced to. Thanks for that. I want to scale this down quite abit to hold a couple pens. So that will be a challenge.

-- John T.

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