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Project by TheDane posted 06-05-2011 01:11 AM 5628 views 13 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This project appeared in the April 2011 Issue of Woodworkers Journal, and was designed by Sandor Nagyszalanczy.

This box is ideal as a valet for keys, change, money clip etc. One of the coolest things about it is that the tambour opens and closes when you open/close the drawer.

This little box (it’s only 12” long, 5 1/4” high, and 7 1/2” deep) was quite a challenge to build … mostly because it required operations I had never performed before on such a small scale. I used hard maple with tung oil finish.

That being said, I saved the templates and jig I made for building the tambour, so there is a pretty good chance copies of this box will appear under some Christmas trees in about 6 months!

Here’s a link to a video that details building of the tambour and routing the track it runs on: http://www.woodworkersjournal.com/Main/Articles/Making_Tambour_8273.aspx

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"





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CL810

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#1 posted 06-05-2011 01:33 AM

Great work Gerry! I’m planning to build a valet, charging station soon and I really like this design. Thanks for the post!

-- "The only limits to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today." - FDR

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Gary

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#2 posted 06-05-2011 01:42 AM

I’m glad you built it. I saw it and had it on my list for future builds. Glad someone did it first. Great Job!!

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#3 posted 06-05-2011 01:43 AM

yes, very nice build. I seen that myself and thought, I may tackle one o these in the future….. well, Santa might.
I like the Maple. Very clean and nice.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. Kentuk55@yahoo.com

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#4 posted 06-05-2011 01:59 AM

Great project Gerry. I admired this box when I read the article, but it seemed a little daunting. Now that I know that a human can actually build it, I might give it a try.

-- Jim Westbrooks

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plantek

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#5 posted 06-05-2011 03:09 AM

Great job!
I have that issue of WWJ. As soon as I saw it I put it on the “To-do” list.
I hope to get to it sooner then later. Seeing yours is encouraging.
Thanks for posting.

-- If you want it and it's within reason... It's on it's way!

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#6 posted 06-05-2011 06:15 AM

that’s a pretty cool project to post. And a fine looking job you did building it too. I like it,thanks.

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

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#7 posted 06-05-2011 07:45 AM

I have down loaded the template design but that was as far as I got… maybe now I will give it a go…

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ lazylarrywoodworks.com.au For lovers of all things timber...

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Oldwest

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#8 posted 06-05-2011 10:34 AM

Nice Job. I have the plans and plan on making a few for christmas gifts also.

-- Anyone who isn’t totally confused just doesn’t understand the situation.

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#9 posted 06-05-2011 12:26 PM

SICK….... keep up the gd work

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#10 posted 06-05-2011 01:28 PM

great looking box looks real nice

-- jjhollyawc@yahoo.com

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orionoriginals

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#11 posted 06-05-2011 09:12 PM

Show-off! Beautifully done – need it a little bigger though to make a great bread box! I’m jealous.

-- Jamie

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#12 posted 06-06-2011 01:11 AM

Nicely done Gerry!!!.

I warn you: you´re gonna be asked for those tambour boxes pretty much sooner than Xmas !! :). Everybody loves them.

I made my first one a couple of months ago.

Since then, I am on the third one now. And the friends and family order list for this keeps growing.

I encourage Jim and other to try one.

Just be sure to follow Degoose instructions for cutting (drink twice, don´t bother to cut 20 times)

-- Back home. Fernando

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TheDane

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#13 posted 06-06-2011 02:11 AM

Fernando—I DO subscribe to Degooses’ instructions … that’s why the most reliable tool in my shop is the refrigerator!

Nice job on the box!

—Gerry

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#14 posted 06-06-2011 02:22 AM

These are very cool – and your’s is very nicely done. I first saw Fernando’s, then I got the magazine – I defineatley need to build a couple of these…..

Thanks for the post.

Jeff

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#15 posted 07-03-2011 09:53 PM

Thats a beautiful box.

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