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Installing Tambour Door

MichaelNYC's picture

I am restoring a 1921 Hooser cabinet and am ready to install a new tambour door (horizontal). My question: I cannot take the side off the cabinet to slip in the slats and close it back up. Is there a way to get the oak slats in the groove without having to dismantle the case?

forestgirl's picture

(post #83920, reply #1 of 3)

I've not seen the guts of a Hoosier cabinet, but with drop-front desks I seem to remember there's a "stop" at the bottom of the grooves.  Can you find such a thing on your Hoosier and remove it??  Slide the tambour in from the bottom?

forestgirl -- you can take the girl out of the forest, but you can't take the forest out of the girl ;-) 

forestgirl -- you can take the girl out of the forest, but you can't take the forest out of the girl ;-) 

SgianDubh's picture

(post #83920, reply #2 of 3)

Michael, you should find if you take the back off the cabinet there is provision to slip the tambor in from there. That is the normal way to do it, and in just about all the tambored cabinets I've worked on, this is what I've found. This should apply whether the tambour runs vertically or horizontally.


Having said that, Hoosier cabinets are peculiar to a quite small region in the US and I'm not familiar with the details of their construction.-- I could therefore just be talking flatulantly. Slainte.


MichaelNYC's picture

(post #83920, reply #3 of 3)

I am obviously quite dumb -- you are absolutely right -- the back was already removed and there is the ability to just slide the tambour in from the back.

Thank you so much to all for your help. Photos to be posted soon.