Tambor top box

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Project by jumbojack posted 08-29-2013 10:29 PM 1756 views 9 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I really enjoyed building this little project! Several LJs have posted builds also. It is the brain child of Sandor Nagyszalanczy and show cased in the April 2011 Issue of Woodworkers Journal.

This one features Ambrosia Maple sides and tambor, Birdseye shelves and a Curly Cherry drawer front. I put a tenon on the pull and a mortise on the draw front just to give the handle a little verve.

Building the first one is pretty involved as you must first produce the templates and gluing jig. If you take care in producing these the rest of the build is a snap.

There are a few pitfalls in the build. Number one is gluing in the shelf and bottom. I used blind dowels as just a butt joint to hold the entire thing together did not seem strong enough. I just carefully laid them out and it seems to be rigid and does not rack. The second thing is I glued in a strip of the tambor material on the bottom front cross member. The tambor is screwed to the back/bottom of the drawer and caused the drawer to tilt forward. This causes the draw to bind a bit. The strip evens this out. The trick is to get the drawer/tambor to effortlessly operate.

I have been playing around with Suede-Tex Flocking. So I flocked the inside of the drawer. I only have one color, black. It is simple to apply and looks great. Time will tell how it hold up to use
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-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith

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#1 posted 08-29-2013 11:00 PM

I have been trying to insert a video of the box in operation and can’t seem to figure it out. I’ve been to Photobucket and tried direct link HTML links to no avail. Tried youtube. Someone help me, I know it is a simple fix, but I am a VERY simple man.

-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith

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#2 posted 08-29-2013 11:07 PM

Looks mighty nice jumbojack…I can see how getting it set up with all the jigs can be a lot of work…but in the end the results are well worth it.

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#3 posted 08-29-2013 11:19 PM

Hi Jack

nice build. I also used blind dowels in the six I made. So far there are all still.

Btw, do you wanna check your video link. The one posted is linked to the edit section

Take care

-- Back home. Fernando

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#4 posted 08-30-2013 12:18 AM

Very nicely done—looks great!

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#5 posted 08-30-2013 12:40 AM

I finally found the link to Sandor’s build:

-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith

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#6 posted 08-30-2013 01:25 AM

Great job!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#7 posted 08-30-2013 02:39 AM

I really like the box and appreciate all the labor it took it complete

-- the stone rejected by the builders will become the capstone

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#8 posted 08-30-2013 02:40 AM

That is really cool, Jack. I’ll have to attempt one of them some time. I love ti!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#9 posted 08-30-2013 03:12 AM

Very nice build, quite a unique box, great work.

-- Tom D

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#10 posted 08-30-2013 04:10 AM

Beautifully made box Jack. I like it a lot.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#11 posted 08-30-2013 06:13 AM

Jumbo, nice work. I like the design you chose to use. Your modifications make sense. I prefer a wood that has more brown tones to it when I combine with Ambrosia Maple. I liked seeing this project. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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#12 posted 08-30-2013 11:55 AM

I liked the looks o this project since it was in the mag. You’ve done a gr8 build on it.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#13 posted 08-30-2013 12:12 PM

I really like this – it’s not your average box! You did a great job.

-- “And it's only the giving that makes you what you are. ” ― I. Anderson

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#14 posted 08-30-2013 12:24 PM

Lot of work, but it payed off, this sharp!

-- If I can do it, so can you.

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#15 posted 08-30-2013 07:14 PM

Very nice built, lovely.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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