Tansu cabinet

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Project by leftcoaster posted 06-22-2020 06:45 AM 851 views 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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An interpretation of the Japanese tansu cabinet. Both front and back are identical, so can be used as a room divider with drawers accessible in either direction. Sliding bypass doors are also on both sides. Those are just rabbets riding in grooves, no hardware. Only metal here is for the drawer pulls. For the doors I mortised in some shopmade maple pulls.

Finish is 1# ultrablonde shellac. Cherry and hard maple, with birdseye maple veneered on the maple fronts.

If I were to do it again, I would make the drawer fronts like the doors – veneered MDF inside a cherry frame. That would protect the veneer edges more and MDF is a better substrate than hardwood.

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#1 posted 06-22-2020 01:38 PM

beautiful, although I’d have a hard time putting any side against the stairs when they are both show sides!

-- Zach

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#2 posted 06-22-2020 02:23 PM

beautiful work and design,im with zach id have a hard time putting it against the wall knowing what is hiidden.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#3 posted 06-22-2020 02:33 PM

Really, Really nice!

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#4 posted 06-22-2020 03:03 PM

Nice workmanship, good call on the shellac!

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#5 posted 06-22-2020 10:38 PM

Very pretty work.

-- Pax - Maryland

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#6 posted 06-23-2020 01:52 AM

Excellent work!

-- Chuck, Pullman, WA

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#7 posted 06-23-2020 06:03 AM

That is a very nice job. Storage aplenty in the land of not much goes there. Great build, great idea for where to put it.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#8 posted 06-23-2020 01:01 PM

Nicely done

-- OS, Burleson, TX

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#9 posted 06-24-2020 01:32 AM

Nice job and congratulations on your ‘Daily Top 3’ award.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#10 posted 06-29-2020 02:00 PM

Great work, and a great job of taking a design and finding the perfect place for it. Form meets function.

-- "As are the things we make, so are we ourselves." - Lin Yutang

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#11 posted 07-06-2020 09:13 PM

Very nice!

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