Tansu Inspired Case

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Project by Dorje posted 04-14-2008 07:10 AM 5727 views 34 times favorited 53 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here’s the completed Tansu style case I started a couple months ago, and blogged here ...this was supposed to be a quick, fun, little project – and although it took the couple months from start to finish, it turned out to be just the right “spend-some-time-on-it-here-and-there-project.”

This is an all scrap wood piece, made of cedar, pine, poplar, fir, and walnut

The case is mitered with walnut keys. The drawers are joined with drawer lock joints (a router joint). The vg fir back is simply rabbeted into the case and tacked with little nails…

Finish is 3 coats of a boiled linseed based mix, with a coat of paste wax.

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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#1 posted 04-14-2008 07:19 AM

Very beautiful. I really like the use of the metal brackets on the face.
Fantastic that it was composed entirely of scrap wood.
Great job!!!

-- Greatness is not found in possessions, power, position, or prestige. It is discovered in goodness, humility, service, and love.

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#2 posted 04-14-2008 07:20 AM

Great design Dorje.

-- W1ngnu7

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#3 posted 04-14-2008 07:35 AM

Wow, it’s really beautiful. Well done.

And great photographs as well!

-- Eric at

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#4 posted 04-14-2008 07:49 AM

That turned out fantastic, Dorje! Great design and details!

The hardware is also very nice.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#5 posted 04-14-2008 08:20 AM

great result…love the design and the fact that you pulled it together with so many different woods…

i like the black metal…accentuates the overall feel…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#6 posted 04-14-2008 08:42 AM

This came out beautifully, Dorje. It really looks nice with the hardware finally on. Great interpretation and execution. It was interesting to see the process. Thanks for blogging it in such great detail. Congratulations on completing it.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#7 posted 04-14-2008 10:19 AM

That’s a really nice set of drawers. The hardware sets the whole design off really well. The blog is excellent – many thanks for sharing it with us, and well done.

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#8 posted 04-14-2008 11:05 AM

Finally!!! I have been wondering where you were on this. I see that you changed your mind about the drawer hardware. Good. This looks better than finger pulls, (in my humble opinion of course). This is well designed and executed project. I especially like the hardware and miter keys. They add a lot of visual interest to the case.

Well done.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#9 posted 04-14-2008 11:41 AM

Dorje I agree with all of the above comments. Your project came out very nice. Good design and execution.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#10 posted 04-14-2008 01:32 PM


Don’t you have anything better to do than show up the rest of us? LOL

The is gorgeous! I love it.

Another example of no such thing as a quick and easy project!


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#11 posted 04-14-2008 01:56 PM

That is one stunning case. Wonderfully executed design and details. Great job.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#12 posted 04-14-2008 01:56 PM

Great Job Dorje,

Great mix of metal and wood, then the different woods look great as well. Very nice.

-- Jim Hallada, Chesterfield, VA

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#13 posted 04-14-2008 02:52 PM

Really nice…I love the look. Perfect blend of tones.

-- Bob

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#14 posted 04-14-2008 02:57 PM

Dorje ! you have the best looking scrap material I have ever seen. Beautiful grain balance and orientation, crisp

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#15 posted 04-14-2008 03:09 PM

Looks great Dorje, I was wondering where you were with this too. So what’s going to go in it?

-- I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it. - Pablo Picasso

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