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Project by jumbojack posted 232 days ago 1219 views 8 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

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





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jumbojack

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#1 posted 232 days ago

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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Greg The Cajun Box Sculptor

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#2 posted 232 days ago

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.

-- Every step of each project is considered my masterpiece because I want the finished product to reflect the quality of my work. http://www.FineArtBoxes.com

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fernandoindia

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#3 posted 232 days ago

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

http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=J9b2dBVbmvo&

Take care

-- Back home. Fernando

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HillbillyShooter

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#4 posted 232 days ago

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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jumbojack

1131 posts in 1125 days


#5 posted 232 days ago

I finally found the link to Sandor’s build:
http://www.woodworkersjournal.com/Main/Articles/Making_Tambour_8273.aspx

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

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gfadvm

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#6 posted 232 days ago

Great job!

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

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Dave777

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#7 posted 232 days ago

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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Jim Jakosh

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#8 posted 232 days ago

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!!

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tomd

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#9 posted 232 days ago

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

-- Tom D

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doubleDD

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#10 posted 232 days ago

Beautifully made box Jack. I like it a lot.

-- --Dave-- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams

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Boxguy

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#11 posted 232 days ago

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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Roger

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#12 posted 232 days ago

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. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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ChuckV

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#13 posted 232 days ago

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

-- “A clear conscience is the sure sign of a bad memory.” ― Mark Twain

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Andy

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#14 posted 232 days ago

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

-- If I can do it, so can you. www.artboxesbyandy.com

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majuvla

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#15 posted 231 days ago

Very nice built, lovely.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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