Rosewood Studio School of Fine Woodworking; Tools, Courses, Workshops and Instruction

Tambour Doors with Garrett Hack


Date: May 11 to 16, 2020 (6 Days)

  Tuition: $1,350 Cdn

  For this class you will be making a case roughly 14" long, 8” wide, 5” or so high. This is a good size that has plenty of complexity. You will need about 6 bf of nice to work lumber, wide enough to make the components from a single width of board.

  For the tambour slats, Garrett suggests about 2 bf of lumber with tight, vertical grain (quarter sawn), perhaps Douglas fir, cherry, maple, walnut etc. Contrast between the case and tambours is nice.

  Bring something to fashion a couple of knobs from, perhaps a hard exotic?

  Students may bring their own material or purchase lumber here at current market prices. Contact the school for further details.



Garrett writes ...

  Tambours are sliding doors that can be very useful in certain furniture designs. They have a practical side — where there is not enough room to swing a hinged door, a tambour can slide open and expose the full width of a cabinet. And they are fun too, as they smoothly slide along, bend around a curve, and disappear into the cabinet.

  We are going to design and build a case for a pair of tambour doors to understand their many aspects. We will talk about tambour design, making a pattern for routing  tracks for the tambour, different ways to shape and decorate the slats, how to connect them with a fabric backing, handles, curved interior partitions, and how to fine tune your tambours so they slide sweetly.


Siberian larch, curly birch, ebony and holly, ivory pulls by Garrett Hack

Pre-requistes: Excellence with Hand Tools and Mastering Machinery or equivalent. This program requires that studends have the abiltiy to sharpen and use basic hand tools and safely mill material to dimension with machinery.
  Tool List from Garrett Hack
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