tansu storage unit

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Project by Oldelm posted 06-29-2012 03:18 PM 2311 views 4 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this unit to match a desk I made for my wife’s new office setup. She wanted storage space but not file cabinets. She found something she liked but we could not find a unit to fit. The drawer faces and the base are oak, the boxes are 3/4 oak ply, the doors and drawers boxes are BB ply (that is what I had). I decided to tery water base finishes. I used the same color minwax stain as the desk I made, and Minwax Polycrylic semi gloss as the top coats. The finishes worked okay, the stain penetration was not as good and it took five coats on the solid wood parts to satisfy me (3 coats on the sheet goods was okay). I think the water based poly is fine for utilitarion pieces that I usually make but it is different in appearance. My next project is going to be a TV console of walnut and maple. I don,t think I will used the water based finishes for that project.

-- Jim, Missouri

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#1 posted 06-29-2012 03:24 PM

Very Nicely Done – I really like the tansu style, and you did it well…

Thanks for sharing

-- Scotty - aka... SgtSnafu - Randleman NC

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#2 posted 06-29-2012 04:09 PM

Nice looking piece. I see you made it in separate units so I assume it can be re-stacked from the other direction?
I made a similar but larger one for our bedroom (picture in my projects) and a Myrtle wood one for our dining room.
I use water base finishes all the time with good results. I find it helps to let them cure for at least two weeks then rub them out. I use 0000 steel wool and a good paste wax for the rubbing. You can even get tinted water base finishes that replicate some of the “yellow” shellac colors.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#3 posted 06-29-2012 06:36 PM

This is cool . I love Tansu`s They are cupboard, shelf, seat,steps all in one. You have done a very nice job.

-- Ollie, UK.

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#4 posted 06-29-2012 08:06 PM

Very nicely done!

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#5 posted 06-29-2012 08:34 PM

Nice, I like the tansu style.

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#6 posted 06-30-2012 12:15 AM

Nice job. I like your sliding doors with the vertical flutes.

-- Greg, No. Cal. - "Gaudete in Domino Semper"

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#7 posted 06-30-2012 12:57 AM

Very neat, I bet your wife really likes it. Mine saw it and likes it. Now she wants one. Great job, keep it up!

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#8 posted 06-30-2012 05:27 AM

Wow, perfect for my son’s room. I really like your work.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#9 posted 06-30-2012 02:20 PM

Great job!!

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#10 posted 06-30-2012 04:36 PM

Really nice. A masterful execution. The original tansu masters would say “Joh toh yoh!” (meanig ..good job) Your work is inspirational in that you are really a masterful woodworker! Andyou are overcoming an impediment to do it!

I gotta start moving in that direction!


-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#11 posted 07-02-2012 04:25 AM

I got to make me one of these.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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