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Project by Bernie posted 1162 days ago 1224 views 7 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

First time making a roll-top (aka tambour) door. The hardest part was rounding the top of each original slat so the pieces could easily follow the S groove. I thought I had it done right until the door was installed. Discovered the 1/8 router round-over bit had not done enough, so since the lats were already glued, I took my newly sharpened cabinet scraper to shave the lats. I must of sharpened it 3 times before the door flowed smoothly.

The design was from a WoodJournal project and the templates was good for that size box. I’ll probably make another breadbox for the church Christmas bazaar, but I will make it bigger. This box only holds 1 + 1/2 loaf of bread and the top shelf is too small to hold anything. The sliding cutting board is a nice design feature.

The box is made of cherry wood, but the absolute best feature is that the wife really likes it. Comments and constructive criticism are welcomed – Thanks!

-- Bernie: It never gets hot or cold in New Hampshire, just seasonal!

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#1 posted 1162 days ago

Just looked at the pictures and noticed I’m missing the top shelf I mentioned in the post. Behind the roll top door is another shelf not meant for knick-knacks. That is the shelf too small to be of any use!

-- Bernie: It never gets hot or cold in New Hampshire, just seasonal!

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#2 posted 1162 days ago

Nice job, pleased to see it aint “Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard”

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#3 posted 1161 days ago

Wow! Bernie your projects are amazing! Very nice. Where in NH? We love the White Mtns (Mt Washington??), Lake Winn… and the Kang…omus Highway. The last time there we saw the “old Man On the Mtn” so it clearly has been a while. Beautiful work :-)

-- Dan

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#4 posted 1161 days ago

Great job Bernie. I like the slidey-outy bit at the bottom as well. It’s a nice touch to finish it off.

-- A family man has photos in his wallet where his money used to be.

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#5 posted 1161 days ago

Bernie, this is a nice looking addition to your kitchen. The cutting board addition is a nice touch that elevates the project to another level. And, of course, the bottom line is that if mama is happy then that is what is important.

This would be a good project for the upcoming bazaar and should do well.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#6 posted 1161 days ago

This rascal would look just as fantastic as a writing desk.
Great look and great job.

-- 'I sand, therefore, I am'. Richard/Wiggy.. whatever. Washington, State.

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#7 posted 1161 days ago

I love the breadbox and it looks like it would be an interesting project. You did a great job on it.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#8 posted 1160 days ago

Great job!!! I’ve been wanting to design and build a breadbox of my own but I’m not familiar with the Tambour making process. What type of glue did you use, how did your clamp it till it dried and what kind of fabric did you use??? Thanks for sharing!!!

-- I have metal in my neck but wood in my blood!!

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#9 posted 1160 days ago

Tim – the tambour door is a simple process. Cutting the track was the most difficult part. The track was cut using a template with the router. Glue up your sides, cut the box shape a bit smaller then the desired final dimension on plywood or scrap, hot glue onto your side stock and use a bushing guide on your router to follow the shape.

As for the door – I cut the slats, round off the tops and glued them to a piece of canvas. As for the glue – I think I used a craft type of glue. When it comes to glues and fillers, I always test fill and test glue combinations using scraps of the material i”m working with. Then I stain or pull apart my test items.

As for the clamping system – I taped the glued up door to a small bucket by draping the door over a drywall compound bucket, laying paper over it and wrapping tape around it. This was done about an hour after laying the door flat on my workbench with weight on top. An hour did allow time to glue surfaces together. The bucket was used to insure the flexibility.

I glued the door longer then I needed and after the dry fit, i cut off about 6 extra slats. I’d be happy to fine tune my building process if need be. Thanks for the comments and interest. If somebody can offer advise on the process, I would welcome any criticism.

-- Bernie: It never gets hot or cold in New Hampshire, just seasonal!

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#10 posted 776 days ago

Great piece. I’d like to make a breadbox but I think this may be a little too ambitious… At least for now :)

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