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Tambour Router Bit Set

Tambour Router Bit Set

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A tambour door is a flexible sliding door made of slats, which opens by rolling up or to the side.  The slats can sometimes be connected with a canvas backing but more often using a loose tongue and groove 

Stuart Lees of Stu's Shed explains how he made a wooden tambour door for an industrial dishwasher, without using any wires, canvas or glue.

Amana Tool® Tambour Router Bit Set

I’m using the Amana Tool® Tambour Router Bit Set, from ToolsToday.

3-piece router bit set designed for creating tambours without the need for wires, canvas or glue

A great set, which produces an awesome result.

flexible tambour door for dishwasher

It is a pretty cool, flexible piece (of timber). It is quite a bit wider than required, leaving me with plenty of capacity to get it to the right size (width). Getting the right length is even easier….just remove slats.

routing the track for the tambour door

After gluing a few pieces of timber together to create what will become the track for the tambour door, a piece of MDF cut to the path of the track is attached with carpet tape. The router with a template guide and straight bit then follows around the edge to cut the required track.

The track is temporarily clamped in position, and the tambour door inserted to check for fit, and how well runs. A couple of adjustments to the width of the tambour had it running well. The track is still to be sanded, and I will wax it to make it work even better.

tambour door from rear with track in place

The track is in place, and I have probably used a few more slats than necessary, but it will be fine that way – no gaps.

finished tambour door for industrial dishwasher

The finished door, ready for the track to be glued up. It is to be the dishwasher – more of an industrial version. Still have a shelf to add, and a spinning jet arm. Came up really well though – very pleasing.

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