Tambour Lid Box

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Project by Anthony posted 03-13-2014 05:26 AM 1531 views 11 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I got the inspiration for this box by one that Jim Sellers posted, the link to his project is below. Thanks Jim!


I used Morado, also know as Pau Ferro, for the box and Maple for the tambours. My first time using a router with a bushing guide with templates. I did a lot of internet research regarding how to make the tambour top and found some great videos on You Tube that explained the process. I did use some Poplar for the bottom and dyed it using Kiwi Black Shoe Dye (it works great, you just need to be sure to sand of the raised grain after the first coat). It turned out pretty good if I do say so myself. The finish is just several coats of Deft Semi Gloss Poly.

-- Anthony - "The blacksmith and the artist, reflect it in their art. They forge their creativity, closer to the heart"

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#1 posted 03-13-2014 06:25 AM

Nicely done Anthony! That Morado is beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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#2 posted 03-13-2014 09:19 AM

What a great box,,,, Nice wood choice.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#3 posted 03-13-2014 10:03 AM

wow, that is beautiful, great work

-- steve, simple and effective woodworking---

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#4 posted 03-13-2014 10:25 AM

Looks perfect !......Beautiful wood contrast !.... Well done and thank you for sharing

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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#5 posted 03-13-2014 11:49 AM

Thanks for the shout out Anthony. The rounded edges on your slats is an improvement over the square ones on mine. It can almost be a pinching hazard if your fingers happen to be in the wrong place.

-- J.C.Sellers, Norcross, Ga. Just cut it right the first time. The best carpenters make the fewest chips.

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#6 posted 03-13-2014 12:27 PM

Very nice build Anthony.

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

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#7 posted 03-13-2014 01:44 PM

The link to Jim S’s project didn’t work for me so I’ll have to dig a little deeper. I find this project to be very creative in spicing up a common box build. Thank you both Jim and you for a great idea and knowing that the bar is set pretty high for quality work.

-- Steve

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#8 posted 03-13-2014 03:28 PM

Nice job and great design

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#9 posted 03-13-2014 04:18 PM

This makes a great project. Nice work.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- 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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#10 posted 03-13-2014 08:34 PM

Great box. I love new ideas for boxes – even if they’re borrowed! I must have missed Jim’s. You tube is great, isn’t it?

-- Andy, Waxahachie, Tx.

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#11 posted 03-13-2014 09:38 PM

Very nice Box. Well deserving of top 3. Congrats!

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#12 posted 03-14-2014 12:45 AM

Looks great, love these type of openings

-- Norman

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#13 posted 03-14-2014 01:52 AM

Ditto on the other comments made by fellow LJ’s. It turned out real nice. You could sell those babies…...

Thanks for sharing with us.


-- TheQueTip, Round Rock Texas - All tools I've purchased from Harbor Freight eventually became a hammer.

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#14 posted 03-14-2014 06:55 AM

Wow! Thank you all for such great comments! I really didn’t expect it when I posted, the support, willingness to share ideas and camaraderie on Lumberjocks is what sets it apart from other woodworking forums and sites.

-- Anthony - "The blacksmith and the artist, reflect it in their art. They forge their creativity, closer to the heart"

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#15 posted 03-14-2014 06:57 AM

KnotBoard, try pasting the entire URL into search box. The link came up funky when I pasted it in, sorry bout that.

-- Anthony - "The blacksmith and the artist, reflect it in their art. They forge their creativity, closer to the heart"

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