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    Tambour cabinet

    Thanks for your kind words everyone Regards Mark
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    Tambour cabinet

    Last chapter All I had left to do was install the glass. I had decided to use 4mm misted safety glass which took a while to deliver Meanwhile I made some supports for the shelves by making 6mm dowels and then cutting half of half of that away. I made two sets to decide which looked best - and...
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    Haha I paid good money for that lead to fix a leaking gulley at home. Thats my story and I'm sticking to it! Thanks everyone for your kind comments Glass ordered - decided in the end to get opaque glass as I think the lighting will light that up better. I will post final photos and a video of...
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    Tambour cabinet

    All was not so rosy however... The tambours did not slide well enough... which was somewhat dispiriting The problem was racking when you tried to close the right hand one - which was the one which had the asymmetric handle right at the top - so I thought the simplest solution would be to remake...
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    After two weeks break I returned with renewed gusto to get this thing finished. First I had to decide whether to install lights which I originally wanted inside - the central part of the cabinet will have glass shelves and I wanted lighting somehow in that which would come on automatically when...
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    They did run freely before I glued it up. I need a couple of hours to work out the cause of the friction. I think it will be fine. However I am going on holiday tomorrow for 10 days so not going to get anything done about it until I get back
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    ...my weekly update... and good progress but every time I think I have solved a problem something else comes along to cloud the pathway. A little frustrating but that's what happens when you make it up as you go along I guess. I finished filing the ends of all the staves - here is a close up...
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    Thanks all. I agree it is a lot of work Richard but I am more confident now with this method that my 65 staves on each side going round two corners will slide smoothly whereas I was not that confident on being able to cut the widened grooves at each corner perfectly. I do not have access to a...
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    Tambour cabinet

    I have made good progress this week but it is painfully slow going with multiple 'batch operations' required on each of the 130 staves. Once glueing up was finished on all the staves, first I had to divide them. This had been made easier by the thin plastic trips between each pair of staves...
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    Tambour cabinet

    First up I had to cut up my two amazing sheets of Spanish walnut. These measured 1350x700 and had to be cut down to 1000x520 I actually cut them both together and ended up with 2 pieces that were so beautiful. Half of this Spanish walnut had an amazing ripple effect so I cut it appropriately...
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    Tambour cabinet

    I finished the internal cabinet over the weekend and started making the slats for the tambour. The internal cabinet was close to being finished but I needed to work on the four corners to make sure the curves were exactly right so as to allow a 4mm gap between the outside edge of the cabinet and...
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    Tambour cabinet

    I finally finished making another desk for a nephew's wedding present so the workshop is much clearer and I can get on with the tambour cabinet - now officially designated as a whisky cabinet:) First thing I did when I had space was to look in much closer detail at the accuracy, dimensions and...
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    Tambour cabinet

    Thanks. The top and bottom are veneered 18mm MDF with a 60mm wide mitred walnut frame The maple internal cabinet is 12mm maple faced MDF Yes I am planning to do this without a top or bottom to the internal maple cabinet and to use dominoes to join it - and agree about the racking issue you...
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    Tambour cabinet

    The internal maple cabinet has a wide rear surface which is about 1080 x 510 and if all goes to plan there should only be a gap of 4 or 5mm with the tambour outside that. So I don't think anything else is needed. The tambour is completely on the outside of the piece - so if the doors are slid...
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    Tambour cabinet

    Thanks guys but I had always planned to remove a small part of the “lip” on the back edge of the top and bottom to allow the tambours to be inserted or removed. Then I will make a small replacement piece which will have screws to hold it in place so I will always be able to remove it
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    Tambour cabinet

    I also started on the front corners of the cabinet which were the same as the rear but only half as wide so they will be in line with the diagonal line on each corner Again it was a little fiddly but easier than the rear corners - I glued up those front corners onto the side pieces again using...
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    A month has gone by.... so much other stuff etc going on so apologies for the delays. Progress slow but I think all remaining major problems are (almost) solvable. Last time I wrote I had finished the top and bottom of the cabinet and routed a 6mm slot which the tambour will run in I had to do a...
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    Tambour cabinet

    Some more progress over the weekend. Thanks Pete and Richard for your helpful suggestion about using a guide bush. I feel a little stoopid as I did know about using a router with one but I hadn't done it for ages and kind of forgot. Senior moment! Anyhow, I made a template in 9mm MDF Then set...
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    Tambour cabinet

    OK thanks Pete yes I quite like that idea
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    Tambour cabinet

    Thanks for asking I am still trying to solve my two problems I talked about in my last post. Yesterday I made a trial mitred corner out of 18 x 60mm walnut and tried using my brand new 6mm spiral router cutter to cut round the corner as it were - using a 2-point fence - and unfortunately it is...
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