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A Slice of Wood Workshop

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05-04-2010 09:06 PM

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I’m very interested in building a bread box that has a rolled front door/opening. How do all the strips of wood stay connected so that it doesn’t leave gaps when you open or close the door?

Thanks in advance.

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#1 posted 05-04-2010 10:07 PM

I always used to stick mine to canvas with contact cement. 1/2 round or rectangular slats.

Some old designs (and probably some new) use a wire or cable threaded through holds drilled in the slats. It all depends on which direction you need it to bend, some roll top desks go both directions.

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#2 posted 05-04-2010 10:40 PM

You have to orient the cloth the right way if it is to last very long Need to have the side that tears easily at the top and bottom of he door.

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#3 posted 05-04-2010 11:00 PM

You can buy Tambour already made up in the common species. If you’re planning to make your own, There’s several different router bit sets like Dave mentions. Rockler sells both the factory made tambour in oak as well as the bits and cable kit.

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