I wish I could write from experience. I have the Amana set and I am convinced that they are the way to go. For those not familiar with the Amana set, once cut the slats can assembled into a tambour roll top without any kind of added backing. The MLCS set on the other hand requires a cloth backing after the slats are cut and assembled. The Amana set is designed for pieces that are (at least as far as I know) a nonstandard size; i.e. boards in the recommended size are not readily available off the shelf so they need to cut and planed to the correct size.
I prefer the Amana set because I want the satisfaction of "I built that", and I am a purist. I don't even use glue unless that is the only way whatever I make will stay together. So while it might be more economical to buy the Lee Valley pre-made tambours, where's the fun in that, and besides I intend to push the limits of the recommended sizes when I build the desk I am planning.
I Hope to Be the Person My Poodles Believe I Am The RouterForums member formerly known as mftha or th-alton
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