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04-03-2018 05:14 AM

I am going to make this cabinet in a slightly modified size. I’ve already designed the carcass in Aspire so a majority of it will be cut out on my Maverick CNC. I plan to use the finished cabinet as a wall mounted workstation for my CNC computer and a place to house all my bits and associated hand tools.

Has anyone had luck making a tambour door. If so, would you please share your success with me? What material did you use, how did you affix the slats to the material, and what profile did you put on the slats? Any advice would be appreciated.

-- Rob

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#1 posted 04-06-2018 05:36 PM

We use the Amana system.

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#2 posted 04-07-2018 04:28 AM

We use the Amana system.

- wuddoc

Thank you for the tip. I ordered a set from Amazon-Toolstoday.

I am modifying my cabinet to use the Amana tambour door. Can you please verify the thickness of the slats? Are they really only a 1/2 thick when completed? I see Amana calls for a minimum 3.5” radius. Can you confirm that such a size works well?

-- Rob

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#3 posted 04-09-2018 01:14 AM

I built my roll top desk, a C-top style. I sawed up oak slats about 1/2 by 3/4” and put a small bevel on each edge. Joined them by gluing onto canvas. The Amana bits look like a good way to build one of these.

I’m writing to draw your attention to a problem very common with these. The corner where they turn from the top to drop down behind the back panel is a high friction area that can make it difficult to open and close the tambour. The photo shows how I have dealt with this in a couple of different, but similar applications. The roller or wheel is cannibalized from a caster, about 2” in diameter. The axle is a round head smooth shanked wood screw. You don’t want to use an all-thread because the threads will prevent smooth rolling. These work so well that you have to be careful not to lose control when opening or closing the tambour. Warn your kids or grandkids about this danger. they could really get there fingers hurt if it slammed shut on them. Or on you too.

The 3.5” minimum radius that Amana specifies may be intended to deal with this high friction area, if I understand what they are saying. Come to think of it, they maybe mean that the tambour made with their bits is not capable of a tighter radius. A more likely interpretation, in which case forget the above. Someone else may be able to use it though.

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