Appliance garage tambour door instructions

Discussion in 'Misc DIY' started by Frank, Oct 23, 2004.

  1. Frank

    Frank Guest

    Greetings,

    We just installed new Diamond kitchen cabinets and have a corner
    cabinet appliance garage with a tambour door. The tambour door became
    detached from its mechanism during assembly and we don't know how to
    put it back together properly. I've searched the web for instructions
    and googled this group as well as rec.woodworking without success.

    The tambour mechanism is very similar to the one shown on this page:

    http://tinyurl.com/5yw57

    As you can see, the door hangs from a wooden dowel suspended from two
    brackets and the tambour slats fit between two plastic tracks. There is
    a cam and a spring on the dowel.

    For one thing, we are unsure of the function of the spring. Does it
    assist in opening the tambour, or does it help shut the tambour after
    it has been opened? How much tension should be on the spring and how is
    it wound before attaching the tambour?

    If anyone knows how to reassemble this kind of tambour mechanism, we'd
    appreciate your assistance.

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    Frank, Oct 23, 2004
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  2. Frank

    Frank Guest

    On 2004-10-23 07:36:43 -0700, EMOVE (Chris Perdue) said:

    >> From: Frank chib

    >
    >> We just installed new Diamond kitchen cabinets and have a corner
    >> cabinet appliance garage with a tambour door. The tambour door became
    >> detached from its mechanism during assembly and we don't know how to
    >> put it back together properly.

    >
    > pretty easy situation...the spring is in effect a "torsion" spring similar to
    > those used on a vehicle garage door...you need to disconnect the rollup door
    > from the shaft(dowel) and make sure *both* ends of the spring are attatched at
    > the proper point, usualy a screw on the dowel and a screw in the bracket that
    > holds the dowel...you need to preload(wind) the dowel/spring assembly in the
    > direction the dowel moves when closing the door....the spring is there to
    > assist in opening the door and keep it open....so you need to wind it at least
    > as many rounds as it takes to roll the door up, plus a couple extra rounds for
    > some tension..you then reattatch the door to the brackets(plasitc usually) on
    > the dowel....then it will wind up the door...i install cabinets and just had to
    > do this very thing about a week ago, as the springs seem to be getting thinner
    > and thinner and more prone to breaking at the mounting screws...


    Thanks, Chris, for the clear and understandable reply.

    -Frank
     
    Frank, Oct 23, 2004
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  3. Frank

    willshak Guest

    Frank wrote:

    > Greetings,
    >
    > We just installed new Diamond kitchen cabinets and have a corner
    > cabinet appliance garage with a tambour door. The tambour door became
    > detached from its mechanism during assembly and we don't know how to
    > put it back together properly. I've searched the web for instructions
    > and googled this group as well as rec.woodworking without success.
    >
    > The tambour mechanism is very similar to the one shown on this page:
    >
    > http://tinyurl.com/5yw57
    >
    > As you can see, the door hangs from a wooden dowel suspended from two
    > brackets and the tambour slats fit between two plastic tracks. There
    > is a cam and a spring on the dowel.
    >
    > For one thing, we are unsure of the function of the spring. Does it
    > assist in opening the tambour, or does it help shut the tambour after
    > it has been opened? How much tension should be on the spring and how
    > is it wound before attaching the tambour?
    >
    > If anyone knows how to reassemble this kind of tambour mechanism, we'd
    > appreciate your assistance.


    I had to fix one, but it was about 10 years ago. What had happened was
    that the cloth backing on the tambour tore in some places and I had to
    take it out to repair it. I don't know if yours is the same as mine,
    though. In mine, the spring helps to lift the door so that the door
    rolls up and also to keep the door from falling down when it is rolled
    up, similar to a window shade (but without the ratchet action). The
    spring should be fully compressed (coiled), or even more than just
    coiled, when the door is wide open and should uncoil as the door is
    lowered. There are also nodes inside the plastic track near the bottom
    to act as a friction stop to keep the door down.
    Don't ask how it all goes together. I don't remember and I am not about
    to take it apart to see. As I recall, it took me quite a while to figure
    it out and get it all back together, especially when I was trying to
    work on it with either my head or my hand inside the door (both would
    not fit). A small mirror might help if you are used to working with
    mirrored images. :)
     
    willshak, Oct 23, 2004
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  4. Frank

    Frank Guest

    On 2004-10-23 23:15:38 -0700, EMOVE (Chris Perdue) said:

    >> From: Frank

    >
    >> Thanks, Chris, for the clear and understandable reply.
    >>
    >> -Frank

    >
    > you are welcome Frank...i hope it helps you fix your problem...


    Worked like a charm :)

    Thanks again for the prompt and helpful info.

    -Frank
     
    Frank, Oct 24, 2004
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