Amana tambour door router bit set - slick idea

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Review by Brandon posted 05-21-2009 09:58 PM 11115 views 5 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I have been wanting to build my wife a roll top desk for some time but the dilemma always came in on how to make the tambour. The new bit set from Amana is a great idea! No more having to glue slats to canvas or drilling the slats to run a cable down through them. The bits worked great and made it real easy to use different woods. The one drawback that I found was in the instructions and video. They state to mill the stock to 1/2” x 1 15/16” and that is what I did. The issue comes in when setting up the finishing contour path because that dictates the size of the ball and the defines the fit. I test it and found that if I set it up to get the whole contour on the face of the slat, then the ball portion was too small. When I set up to achieve the proper ball/socket fit, then the face of the slat was flat. The pictures show the loose fit and loss of the contour with the proper fit. Unfortunately when I realized this issue, I had already milled all my stock for the desk. It looks nice, but I think that it would have looked better with the proper contour as demonstrated in the video. I would recommend an extra 1/32” to 1/16” on the stock in order to obtain the best of both. The other observation I made was in the video, Lonny Bird’s ball router bit was a 3 flute and the one I received was a 2 flute.

All in all and great idea and design, I just wish I new about the stock issue first.

-- Brandon, Maine,

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#1 posted 05-21-2009 10:57 PM


I, too, have always wanted to make a roll top desk. When I saw this bit advertised, I thought that might be the way to go.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#2 posted 05-21-2009 11:28 PM

Thank you! I too have been looking at this bit and ponerdering…

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#3 posted 05-21-2009 11:40 PM

I remember seeing those a long a time age. If I ever needed a tambour I will take a second look at them.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#4 posted 05-21-2009 11:42 PM

Thanks for the review I’ve wondered how well these work also.

-- Custom furniture

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#5 posted 05-22-2009 03:41 PM

The three fluted router bit sysytem would run smoother and with better control.

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#6 posted 05-24-2009 02:14 AM

I to have always want to build tambour door but was never crazy about the building process and i seen the review in woodsmith router table secrets like the review.thanks for your input and info i guess like anything there is always a leaning curve .

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#7 posted 05-24-2009 09:30 PM

Thanks for the review. I have been contemplating this for a while. I was wondering how well it would work. I might have to talk the boss into this set for the shop. We do a lot of tambour units.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#8 posted 02-05-2012 06:54 PM

Hi Brandon, New to LBJ’s but not to woodworking, i had been looking at the tambour door bits from Amana and wanted to get an opinion from someone who actually used them first before I made the purchase as like any good tool or accessory I will gladly pay the asking price if it does what it supposed to. The insight to what the directions says regarding the measurements, and what you say is helpful and I am glad a fellow LBJer like you got me the skinny on that. Love the desk and the use of different woods was a good choice. Keep making sawdust

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#9 posted 04-22-2016 07:50 AM

I just built an office addition off our dining room and I want to construct a tambour door (window) between the two rooms (similar to a food service counter window). The opening is 7’ wide and 54” high. The idea is that it will be open most of the time but able to be closed in order to provide more privacy in the office and also lockable for security. My question here has to do with the radius of turn allowable with this type of non-canvas and non-wired tambour. I need to hide this 54” door within a 24” space below the ceiling. I don’t want it to follow a gentle slope and hang under a large swath of the ceiling. Rather, I want it to either turn with a relatively small radius and store in an upside down U shape or in a scroll pattern. I’m coming to the conclusion that this type of tambour doesn’t allow a small enough radius for my needs, so I’ll probably need to use wires with something like the Rockler tambour router bit set. Can anyone confirm or deny?

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