General Cutting Tools aka Cutting Tools Chicago along with Amana Tool, manufacturer of industrial-quality carbide-tipped, solid carbide and replacement carbide cutting tools, today announced the company has been awarded U.S. Patent 7,810,532 for its tambour router bit set. With the tambour router bit set, woodworkers can easily create attractive, wood tambours for roll-top desks, breadboxes, kitchen storage areas and a number of other projects.
Amana’s unique three-piece set, designed in partnership with master craftsman Lonnie Bird, produces tambours that interlock with a ball-and-socket joint, eliminating the need for cloth, glue or wires. 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. A 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,” said Frank Misiti, Amana Tool technical director. “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.”
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 www.amanatool.com.
About Amana Tool An industry leader for more than 35 years, Amana Tool specializes in solid carbide, replacement 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 www.amanatool.com.