Sliding tambour doors are invaluable for certain furniture designs. On the practical side, they slide open to reveal the full width of a cabinet when there may be insufficient room to swing a hinged door. Tambour doors are also attractive design elements, intriguing to make, and enjoyable to handle as they smoothly slide along, glide around a curve, and disappear into
Each student in this class designs and constructs what Garrett calls a “study piece.” It is a simple, handsome case with a pair of tambour doors and latitude for variation in the details. Through lecture and demonstration, Garrett addresses tambour design and materials, pattern routing to make tracks, methods for shaping and decorating slats, assembly with canvas backing, handles, curved interior partitions, and fine tuning tambours to slide sweetly, among other topics.
For more efficient use of class time, participants will be provided with cut lists to pre-mill their case components in advance.
Garrett Hack builds contemporary interpretations of classic forms on his farm in Thetford Center, VT. A furniture maker for 47 years, Garrett originally trained at Boston University’s Program in Artisanry. He is the author of The Handplane Book (Taunton Press, 1997) and Classic Hand Tools (Taunton Press, 1999). He is a contributing editor at Fine Woodworking, former chairman of the New Hampshire Furniture Masters, and teaches throughout the U.S., as well as in Canada, England, Germany, Italy, Austria, Australia, Spain, Israel, and Japan. His website is garretthack.com.
Open to intermediate woodworkers.