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Old 01-29-2014, 11:50 PM   #15
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I am currently redoing a 1978 International Tradewind. Just got my tambour 4' x 8' sheet by UPS. Very nice quality and the back material is some synthetic fabric that is much hardier than the original backing, see pics. Same exact thickness and slat width. Not bad for the price of $150 shipped. Some AS specialty sites are charging $600 + for similar stuff. Will spray paint and then cut to size on the table saw. We'll see how it turns out.

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Old 01-30-2014, 07:35 AM   #16
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It should work, as long as none of the slats in the new "tambour" are wider than the original slats.
The replacement piece is about 3/4" wider than what I need. I plan to solve that using the table saw and VERY GOOD panel blade. I didn't want to spend the propane to heat the shop up yesterday so that project is on list for Saturday.

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Old 01-30-2014, 07:47 AM   #17
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Is it solid wood or some sort of veneer on it? Hard to tell from your pics. Do you have the part number for what you ordered? Let me know how the cutting on the table saw works out.

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I am currently redoing a 1978 International Tradewind. Just got my tambour 4' x 8' sheet by UPS. Very nice quality and the back material is some synthetic fabric that is much hardier than the original backing, see pics. Same exact thickness and slat width. Not bad for the price of $150 shipped. Some AS specialty sites are charging $600 + for similar stuff. Will spray paint and then cut to size on the table saw. We'll see how it turns out.

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Old 01-30-2014, 10:10 AM   #18
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here is a guy selling some on craigslist.
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Old 01-30-2014, 10:30 AM   #19
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Old 01-30-2014, 10:37 AM   #20
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Thanks garthf. I sent him an email. He posted it on 1-4 so he may have already sold it.
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Old 01-30-2014, 04:38 PM   #21
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I hated the tambour on the lower cabinets in my previous 72' Overlander, so I removed them and created full doors. Pretty easy to do, just time consuming... as is everything with our Airstreams. I built simple lightweight frames from 1 x 2 pine, filled in the centers with 3/4" foam insulation, then laminated both sides with Formica. Then I put aluminum angles on the perimeter and piano hinges to connect to the cabinet frame.

I plan to build similar type doors in my new 77' Sovereign (if I ever get that far )
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Old 01-30-2014, 05:47 PM   #22
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Ok, I am good at thinking outside the box and doing things on the cheap. This may not be for everyone, but here's an idea. I pulled the nasty carpet and replaced with this bamboo flooring. It is very similar in size to the tambor strips, which is partly why I liked it as a matching look among other things. The strips are connected to a thin poly backing (which is not the best). But it does hold it together and it can be rolled very tightly because that is how it comes. It was thin enough to fit under things easily and can be cut with utility scissors. It may be a little flimsy, but with the right backing (canvas?) could be made to work for some. It can also be stained because they come in different colors. I purchased mine last year at Ross discount stores for less than $20 per 4x6 ft rug. They also have smaller sizes. You can also find them for a little more at world market. I have not tried it as a tambor. In fact I am not a big fan of them and will be removing mine as I get into the interiors. I'm sure they were great in their day, but my vote is for doors also.
Great work sneakinup, first class!
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Old 02-04-2014, 05:46 AM   #23
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Need Tambour Help

You can prevent this from happening by waxing your tambous. Can also help to unbind them as well.
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