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12-26-2017 02:21 PM

I have been ask to build a tambour for a roll top desk that had the existing tambour thrown away. I have watched some YouTube videos on this and have a fair understanding of what to do, but have one question.

How much gap should there be between the slats and the frame of the desktop? I want it free enough to move but don’t want it to get into a bind. Had the original tambour been kept, it would be a simple measurement. Hate to go to a lot of time and labor and have it not work.

Thanks for any help.

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#1 posted 12-26-2017 03:27 PM

I had a quick look at my old rolltop,built 20 years ago, and see less than 1/16” gap. The guide groove was waxed so I have to hang on to keep the rolltop from slamming open too fast.

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#2 posted 12-26-2017 04:21 PM


Thanks for the information. I am a recently retired electrician and have set my sites on becoming a proficient woodworker. I purchased some nice used equipment and am now trying to gain knowledge on using them. I was looking for a site like Lumberjocks for help and it appears that I made a good choice.

It is cold in my shop right now but will give you a progress report when I get started on the tambour.

Thank you again,


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