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The appealing of this box is the surprise of the movement. And everyone who opens the box, takes a breath and Wooooww factor gets in scene. (The problem is that everyone wants one !!)

Pull the drawer, and the tambour rolls back.

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Box is made of cedar scraps from the building of a toolchest that is still in progress. At the same time, the toolchest is being made of recycling of an old corner cabinet that was disassembled 20 years ago when we moved to our current house. Fortunately I kept the lumber in the atic for all this time. But that is another story.

Inspiration came a couple of weeks ago from a clip, where Sandor Nagyszalanczy talks through building the Tambour-Topped Box from the April 2011 issue of Woodworker's Journal. I was able to download the templates from the Magazine page.

Couldn´t resist start building it almost immediately, distracting myself from other projects.
Templates
http://www.woodworkersjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/tambour-box-templates.pdf

Video
http://www.woodworkersjournal.com/making-tambour/

I will not extend myself in the process since the video is self explanatory. Watching Sandor making this thing appears to be a piece of cake. As usual, those who know, make everything appear easy, simple and stupid.

But this is the case. I followed Degoose instructions for cutting (drink twice, don´t bother to cut 20 times), and have a lot of fun. I routed the grooves with a dremel with the plunge attachment. After dry assembling, I made the drawer. It is only a one , so I hand dovetailed it.



I just added some inlays before cutting the slats, and changed the pull of the drawer for a brass one. Finished with sanding sealer.

Measures

H: 15 cm ( 6")

D: 19 cm (7,5")

W: 34 cm (13,5")

Thanks Sandor, and thanks for watching and hope you enjoy.

Addendum PS

The mechanism works well, with a clue. I forgot to mention in the description that I contact cemented a piece of anti-skid to the base of the box. I first try with only four piece in the corners, but were unable to hold in place the box when opening the drawer. Probably that was due to my own inexperience.



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That's a cool little box there Fernando. Interesting, my only tambour experience is with the Wilson Art products. It's nice how you did this.
 

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well done fernando

i can see why it's a hit

i made 50 bread boxes with a similar jig years ago
they are still working some where

thanks for the link

nice little drawer too
 

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Great Job Fernando!!
 

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I like the box very much, but the opening mechanism is a kicker. It's way cool-I definitely see that wow-factor you mentioned! :) That would be a great idea for a gift-I put it in my favs. Thanks for the link to a video and templates!
 

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Neat box!!
 

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Great job, I read this article as well and thought how fun. It's on the bucket list, but seems Blondie has a few projects in mind for me before I get to this one. Man I need to retire! LOL

Nice work.
 

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Nice job Fernando I think tambours are brilliant
Best
Trevor
 

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woooowwww :D. My todo list is growing….
 

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That's going on my to do list. Very nice Fernando.
 

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Sweet.
That would be anyone's favorite.
You did it proud, and fun to boot.

Steve
 

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WOW! Excellent work and design. The video really shows it well. Congrats. Tks gor sharing.
 

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Sweet project, Fernando!

The tamboured top moves effortlessly!!

Lew
 

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I absolutely LOVE the way that works!
 

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Not only is the box very attractive, the opening mechanism is quite clever. Well done.
 

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Hey Fernando - that is really cool! It's going on my to do list - Thanks!

Jeff
 

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Nice box. I was wondering how the tambour opened before I watched the video. Great idea.
 

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Hi Fernando,
Very good technique…. I can see this on most design and thanks for your technique in making the groove.
Well done.
 

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Wow very cool super design.Great job.
 

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Thank you all for the comments and encouragement from such qualified persons.. They are if great value to me.

David, 50 bread boxes is a lot of slats !!

Froggy, Ken, Dedalo, Grant and Jeff, definitely pays making one. It took me 2 days, being a Flint-stone hobby woodworker. So senior woodworkers can do that in an eye blink. ;-)

Bert, the next one I´ll include a hexaspiral tambour, Lol

Lew, Charlie, and Puffin, the mechanism works well, with a clue. I forgot to mention in the description that I contact cemented a piece of anti-skid to the base of the box. I first try with only four piece in the corners, but were unable to hold in place the box when opening the drawer. Probably that was due to my own inexperience.





Once again, thank you for passing by
 

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