|Project by TheDane||posted 07-22-2011 02:26 AM||3007 views||8 times favorited||10 comments|
Several weeks back, I built a Tambour Top Box, as detailed in Sandor Nagyszalanczy’s article in the April 2011 Issue of Woodworkers Journal.
The first box was a prototype, intended to test my skill level. It was fun to build, I had some cherry and maple cutoiffs sitting on the shelf that were just about right, so I spent a good deal of the recent heat wave inside working on some copies.
I’ve built a total of four of them now (I saved the templates and the frame I used for gluing up the tambour), so more may be in the offing. I can see at least one as a silent auction item in our local humane society’s Spring fund-raiser.
The prototype (the one on the left in the first photo) has dove-tailed drawers. I had a lot of trouble with the small half-blind dovetails (it is a skill I need a lot of work on!), so I chickened out on the cherry box and the other two maple boxes and used pinned rebates instead. The ‘pins’ are maple toothpicks (thanks to Charles Neil for the tip!) ... they are incredibly strong, and dress up the joinery a bit.
Here’s a link to a video that details building of the tambour and routing the track it runs on.
Templates are available on the magazine’s website:
-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"