Amana Tool Gets Patent on Tambour Router Bit Set News & Opinion

Amana Tool Tambour Router Bits Patent

We love innovation, and one company figured out a unique way to make tambour doors. Amana Tool manufactures industrial-quality carbide-tipped, solid carbide and replacement carbide cutting tools. Well, this week the company announced it had been awarded U.S. Patent 7,810,532 for its Amana Tool Tambour router bits set. The tambour router bit set is unique in that it allows woodworkers to easily create attractive, wood tambours for roll-top desks, breadboxes, kitchen storage areas and a number of other projects without the use of cloth, glue, or wires.


Amana Tool Tambour Router Bits

Amana’s unique three-piece set, designed in partnership with master craftsman Lonnie Bird, produces tambours that interlock with a ball-and-socket joint. The first router bit shapes the face of the wood stock, requiring a cut on each face to complete the contour of the ball. The second bit creates the socket. The third bit in the set shapes the end of the tambour, which provides a place to mount a pull for opening the completed tambour.

“The Amana Tool family is delighted that our innovative, labor- and material-saving design for the tambour bit set has been recognized with a patent. Since its introduction in 2007, the set has generated a great deal of interest and positive feedback from woodworkers and cabinetmakers who appreciate the unique, easy-to-use solution for creating tambour doors. We are continually seeking ways to combine years of woodworking experience with technical innovation to solve many of the woodworking industry’s top challenges.”

– Frank Misiti, Amana Tool technical director

The patented tambour set (item #54314) is available through Amana’s authorized distributors for $156.34 USD. The set includes all three router bits, step-by-step directions from Lonnie Bird for making a breadbox – including full-color pictures, and a DVD tutorial from Lonnie Bird on creating tambour doors. For more information, including a list of authorized dealers, visit


About Amana Tool

An industry leader for more than 35 years, Amana Tool specializes in solid carbide and carbide-tipped cutting tools for the woodworking, plastics and aluminum industries. Amana Tool’s full line of industrial-quality woodworking tools includes saw blades, router bits, shaping cutters, boring bits and more for wood, plastics and aluminum. The company was founded in 1972 and has corporate headquarters in Farmingdale, N.Y. and a West Coast distribution center in El Cajon, Calif. For a complete listing of Amana Tool’s products, visit

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