A long time ago I saw plans (maybe in a Fine Woodworking?) for all wood
tambor lids. The craftsman made these really cool interlocking joints
or hinges to keep the slats together. has anybody here made anything
similar or do you know where there are plans for this?
Thanks in advance,
One of the easier methods to create a tamour is to glue your
pre-profiled wooden strips to a canvas or similar backing. I believe
contact cement is generally used. Rest assured there are also more
complicated ways. I have no links at the moment.
Gluing bullnosed strips to canvas - regular wood glue ok - is one method.
Holds for at least twenty years that I have evidence of.
All kinds of options discussed and sold at
I've seen two variations on the all-wood approach. One is to join the
tambour slats with a cable (or cord) to hold them together. The other
is one that I've seen on a couple of antique roll-top desks, where
each tambour slat is somewhat "S" shaped and therefore hooks into the
slats on either side. I was very impressed with the precision and
detail required for doing that and have never seen it on anything
recent. I have, however, always wanted to try it.
"We need to make a sacrifice to the gods, find me a young virgin... oh, and
bring something to kill"
The tambour that I saw had bottle shaped slats. The base was routed to
accept the flared neck of the next piece. This is similar to the S
shaped slats you saw. If I recall, the pieces were cut by table saw
with the blade on angle and the piece reversed to make the
invagination. The necks were table saw cut too.
I know slats glued on canvas would work but making the tambour and
hinges out of wood intrigues me.
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