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Rich L.

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12-02-2020 11:53 PM

Hi all,
I’m attempting to repair this fragile little box. It’s in pretty bad shape but my wife’s dad signed his name in it in 1937; So it has great sentimental value. The rolling tombour type lid is broken and I’m trying to find a way to mend it. Is there some kind of strong, very adhesive fabric tape? Something else?

I’m lost so any input will be appreciated.
Rich L.

-- Rich, Southern CA

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#1 posted 12-03-2020 12:46 AM

If that section failed, others may likely follow. Is it possible to add a fabric layer over the whole tambour and glue it down?

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#2 posted 12-03-2020 04:13 AM

Contact cement and silk.

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#3 posted 12-03-2020 04:35 AM

Go to a sewing/craft store and look for fusible interfacing. It comes in various colors and thicknesses and materials. You just cut it, lay it on and iron on.

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#4 posted 12-03-2020 04:58 AM

Is or was there some sort of fabric holding the tambour lid together originally. For an antique, I would want to stay as true as possible to the original design and materials.

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#5 posted 12-03-2020 06:24 PM

There are commercial made tambour tapes in 3 and 4 inch widths and also tambour glue which remains flexible that are available; just do an internet search to find them. The tapes are made of pre-shrunk cotton and may be a bit heavy for those small slats.

That said I think Madmark has a a good idea but you will need to be careful about the cut edges of the fabric fraying.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#6 posted 12-03-2020 06:45 PM

Thanks for your replys. Some materials you’ve suggested that I didn’t know existed. If i get this thing working I’ll post a pic. Thanks again.

-- Rich, Southern CA

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#7 posted 12-03-2020 07:20 PM

Bookbinding tape may be appropriate.

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