Tambour Record Console

Philip Morley

In this tambour record console course, Philip will guide you through each step of the process via high quality video instruction. This elegant small tambour record console fits unobtrusively into any household layout. The console is diverse in its function, allowing storage but also tasteful display. The console is made of walnut and features a stunning book-matched panel on the master crafted tambour doors.

  • 14 lessons
  • 326 min
  • $119.00

Here's what we'll cover:

  1. Intro and Lumber Core

    Welcome to the Morley Record Console course. We’ll begin by introducing the concept of lumber core.

  2. Edge Banding and Veneers

    Time to start making the various pieces of edge-banding for the panels.

  3. Shelf Dividers

    Now that we have some edge-banding ready for the dividers , we will apply the edge-banding. Once that is complete, we will flush trim the edge-banding to the lumber-core panel and prep it for the shop-sawn face veneer. Once we have done this, it is time to start gluing the veneers onto the panels and […]

  4. Sides and Curves

    In this video, we will move on to prepping the side panels for the case piece. We will cover the end-grain (tongue and grove edge-banding) for the top of the side panels and we will continue edge-banding the rest of the side panels. Next, we will flush trim them as we did in the previous […]

  5. Dowel Joinery

    Using dowels as the main joinery method for the case.

  6. Back and Tambour Grooves

    The back and tambour grooves are carefully routed into the top and bottom of the case.

  7. Edge Profiles and Record Holder

    The next step is to create a unique edge profile along the top and front edges of the piece.

  8. Details Prefinish and Glue-Up

    This video covers a lot of material. We start by sanding out the panels starting with edges. After the panels are sanded, we complete a final dry fit to fine tune the dowels. It is a good opportunity to widen the radius on the tambour track curve. Next, we pre-tape in preparation for finishing. Apply […]

  9. Base Mortises

    As the case piece is together, we pull our focus onto the base. We start by selecting our parts and then completing final milling of those parts bringing the components to final width, thickness, and length. With the components at final dimensions, we layout and cut the joinery.

  10. Tenons Leg and Rail Shaping

    We start with making the slip tenons and then move on to creating the jig for the legs. With this jig, we will finish out the legs using band saw. Then we cut the legs to the final length and move onto shaping the rails using the templates. We complete a dry fit. Before we […]

  11. Base Assembly and Finishing

    We start this video by dry fitting to make sure that everything looks right. Once you are happy with the fit, glue up. Next, we sand the outside faces to make the rails flush to the leg. Then, we shape the front legs with roundover at router table. Once this is done and everything is […]

  12. Tambour

    We will now create the tambour door. This process begins with roughing out the tambour strips and taking them to final dimension. We will take the strips to rough length and with them all temporarily taped together, we will pick our face veneer, prep it, and glue it down to the tambour strips. Next, sneak […]

  13. Tambour Pulls

    In this video, we will move our focus to creating the brass pulls. We will also cover a quick jig to install the pulls and a method to age the brass for a beautiful gunstock blue look.

  14. Final Touches

    Almost there! In the final video we add all of the final touches. Start by waxing the tambours and tambour track for a smooth slide. Then we work on adding the brass rods for organized record storage. Next, we add the stop for the tambour doors. We finish up the project by attaching the brass […]

What will I receive?

  • Detailed cut list and plans including a PDF and a SketchUp file (Metric and Imperial).
  • Hours of detailed video instruction showing every step of the Tambour Record Console Course.
  • All videos and plans are digital and will be available for download upon purchase. 

What will I learn?

  • Lumber Core Construction
  • Creating Shop-Sawn Veneer
  • Tambour door construction with continuous grain
  • Dowel Construction
  • Using commercial veneer
  • Milling and accurate layout
  • Template flush trimming
  • Creating edge profiles
  • Slip tenon construction
  • making brass pulls
  • Finishing

What will I need?

Wood & Other Materials:


  • Band Saw
  • Table Saw
  • Jointer
  • Planer
  • Vacuum bag (preferred)- Screw press (possible)
  • Router Table
  • Drill Press
  • Spindle Sander
  • Plunge Router
  • Hand held drill
  • Drum Sander (if available)
  • #4 Smoothing Plane
  • Flat-Bottomed Spokeshave
  • Low-angle Block Plane
  • Shoulder Plane
  • Orbital Sander
  • Chisels


Creating the End Grain edge-banding:
Edge Profile (front):

About Your Instructor:

Philip Morley was born in London, England. After a rough academic start, struggling with dyslexia, he found his true passion in trade school where he studied for four years to become a joiner under the City and Guilds program. Once graduated, Philip worked as joiner doing restoration work on various prestigious historical buildings in central London. After moving to the US, he studied with furniture designer Richard Chillcott in Ruskin, Florida for three years before moving to Texas where he apprenticed with Michael Colca for 7 years. He is now a contributing author to Fine Woodworking Magazine and has been published in Woodworker West and Woodskills Magazine. He has taught at Austin Community College, Marc Adams School of Woodworking and Austin School of Furniture and Design. Phil continues to build one-of-a-kind pieces in his small studio located on his property where he can be close to his family.