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Repairing Roll Top

Posted By: Evan Lloyd <evanlloyd@shaw.ca> (h24-65-6-4.gv.shawcable.net)
Date: 1/18/2 22:41

The tambour on my old oak roll top was originally held together by three very thin, one-inch strips of copper or other such flexible metal. This was actually threaded through the centre of each individual slat, and held in place with a few tiny brads on each piece. This assembly was thus invisible - until of course it broke - likely as a result of metal fatigue.

I assume this is next to impossible to repair and I shold look at applying a canvass backing to the whole tambour. (There has never been any fabric on the back of the tambour).

Two questions - Is the glue (contact cement ok?) and canvass technique the best option? Second, what does this metal assembly suggest about the origin and age of this piece, which I've always assumed to be early 20 century?

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