Tambour Box

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Project by fernandoindia posted 03-30-2011 06:50 AM 8272 views 53 times favorited 32 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The appealing of this box is the surprise of the movement. And everyone who opens the box, takes a breath and Wooooww factor gets in scene. (The problem is that everyone wants one !!)

Pull the drawer, and the tambour rolls back.

Box is made of cedar scraps from the building of a toolchest that is still in progress. At the same time, the toolchest is being made of recycling of an old corner cabinet that was disassembled 20 years ago when we moved to our current house. Fortunately I kept the lumber in the atic for all this time. But that is another story.

Inspiration came a couple of weeks ago from a clip, where Sandor Nagyszalanczy talks through building the Tambour-Topped Box from the April 2011 issue of Woodworker's Journal. I was able to download the templates from the Magazine page.

Couldn´t resist start building it almost immediately, distracting myself from other projects. Templates


I will not extend myself in the process since the video is self explanatory. Watching Sandor making this thing appears to be a piece of cake. As usual, those who know, make everything appear easy, simple and stupid.

But this is the case. I followed Degoose instructions for cutting (drink twice, don´t bother to cut 20 times), and have a lot of fun. I routed the grooves with a dremel with the plunge attachment. After dry assembling, I made the drawer. It is only a one , so I hand dovetailed it.

I just added some inlays before cutting the slats, and changed the pull of the drawer for a brass one. Finished with sanding sealer.


H: 15 cm ( 6”)

D: 19 cm (7,5”)

W: 34 cm (13,5”)

Thanks Sandor, and thanks for watching and hope you enjoy.

Addendum PS

The mechanism works well, with a clue. I forgot to mention in the description that I contact cemented a piece of anti-skid to the base of the box. I first try with only four piece in the corners, but were unable to hold in place the box when opening the drawer. Probably that was due to my own inexperience.

-- Back home. Fernando

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#1 posted 03-30-2011 07:04 AM

That’s a cool little box there Fernando. Interesting, my only tambour experience is with the Wilson Art products. It’s nice how you did this.

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

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#2 posted 03-30-2011 07:10 AM

well done fernando

i can see why it’s a hit

i made 50 bread boxes with a similar jig years ago
they are still working some where

thanks for the link

nice little drawer too

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#3 posted 03-30-2011 07:42 AM

Great Job Fernando!!

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#4 posted 03-30-2011 09:10 AM

I like the box very much, but the opening mechanism is a kicker. It’s way cool—I definitely see that wow-factor you mentioned! :) That would be a great idea for a gift—I put it in my favs. Thanks for the link to a video and templates!

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#5 posted 03-30-2011 09:11 AM

Neat box!!

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#6 posted 03-30-2011 10:30 AM

Great job, I read this article as well and thought how fun. It’s on the bucket list, but seems Blondie has a few projects in mind for me before I get to this one. Man I need to retire! LOL

Nice work.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#7 posted 03-30-2011 10:57 AM

Nice job Fernando I think tambours are brilliant

-- God created wood that we may create. Trevor East Yorkshire UK

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#8 posted 03-30-2011 12:12 PM

woooowwww :D. My todo list is growing….


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#9 posted 03-30-2011 12:35 PM

That’s going on my to do list. Very nice Fernando.

-- Grant...."GO BUCKEYES"

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#10 posted 03-30-2011 02:02 PM

That would be anyone’s favorite.
You did it proud, and fun to boot.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#11 posted 03-30-2011 02:33 PM

WOW! Excellent work and design. The video really shows it well. Congrats. Tks gor sharing.

-- Paul, Plantagenet, Ontario

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#12 posted 03-30-2011 02:38 PM

Sweet project, Fernando!

The tamboured top moves effortlessly!!


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#13 posted 03-30-2011 03:23 PM

I absolutely LOVE the way that works!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#14 posted 03-30-2011 03:32 PM

Very Cool

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#15 posted 03-30-2011 04:56 PM

Not only is the box very attractive, the opening mechanism is quite clever. Well done.

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