Tansu Modules

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Project by Jose A.Berenguer posted 06-16-2013 01:39 PM 2790 views 8 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had a batch of sappy walnut which I was trying to sell, but nobody wanted it. I tried to make something out of unwanted material. I decided that I would match the color of the sap on the tansu units with yellow flame birch. The handles are made of wenge, maple and ebony. The inside of the drawers are tiger maple with soft close slides, and the back of the tansus are shiplap solid walnut. The entire project is made of solid wood, including drawer bottoms. The modules consist of 17” squares, or multifples thereof. In other words, 17”h x 17”w x 17”d. The depth always stays the same, but the height and width can be multiplied by 17. For example, 34”w, or 51”w x 17”h, which makes a horizontal tansu. Or, 34”h, or 51”h which makes a vertical tansu. Or, 34”w x 34”h.

The tansu modules are very versatile. You can arrange them in many configurations. You can create your own entertainment centers, night stands, side boards, end tables, etc. I made platforms of different sizes and also stands for individual pieces.

-- In fine furniture 10% of the work, takes 90% of the time.

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#1 posted 06-16-2013 02:21 PM

They look great. I have always like this modular type of furniture. Real nice execution.

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#2 posted 06-17-2013 01:30 AM

Good job, beautiful lumber. Love tansu!

-- How it happened that Mastro Cherry, carpenter, found a piece of wood that wept and laughed like a child.

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#3 posted 06-17-2013 03:03 AM

You Do INCREDIBLE WORK!! Jose. Im sure I speak for many by asking you to write up a Blog detailing some of the techniques used to create the work you do. My favs have always been the GEO MATRIX style you showcase. Especially the Walnut Media Cabinet!!!

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#4 posted 06-17-2013 03:26 AM

Gorgeous, that style is bouncing around my brain as well.

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#5 posted 06-19-2013 03:21 PM

Excellent work on those gorgeous Tansu modules. Like the design and the wood combo, very attractive.

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#6 posted 08-23-2017 11:16 AM

Very nice work, the 17” x17” x17” modular size is ideal, I was looking at doing 16” but the slight increase gives much more flexibility

-- Tony from Cairns

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