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Here is a Tansu type chest I made a few years ago. It measures 8’ X 8’ X 22” and is constructed in three sections. Each section could be used independently if need be. The large compartment in the upper section was made for a TV and the door lifts up and slides into the case to get it out of the way. However, TVs are no longer shaped like that so I don’t know what I will do when I replace the TV that is in it now. We seldom watch TV in bed so for now it is not a problem.
I got the idea from a magazine showing a smaller piece 6’X6’ made out of mahogany that was selling for $12,000.00 That was a fellow in Berkeley, California.
Look closely past the little Palm plant and you will see the McKenzie River. That whole wall of our bedroom is glass. I have to wake up looking at that every morning. Plus all the wild life that passes including Osprey, and Bald Eagles. Sometimes makes it hard to get out of bed. (-;

-- Les B, Oregon

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#1 posted 02-13-2009 09:29 PM

Very nice. And really sorry to hear that you have to wake up to that every morning. But ya know, someone has to take one for the team.


-- Even if to be nothing more than a bad example, everything serves a purpose. cippotus

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#2 posted 02-13-2009 09:41 PM

Hi Les, looks like we are neighbers. Good looking Tansu. I made some a few years ago and sent them to Japan. See link.
Good looking shop dog. Every shop needs a dog.
Give a call sometime and drop in. Always open.

-- Richard

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#3 posted 02-13-2009 10:24 PM

That is really interesting.

-- Father of two sons. Both Eagle Scouts.

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#4 posted 02-14-2009 12:46 AM

This is a great project. I have been wanting to get into making a Tansu inspired piece and I am quite jealous of your work.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#5 posted 02-14-2009 03:10 AM

Looks great! I saw something like this where the builder used it as stairs to his loft. very cool idea. Not as nice looking as yours though. very classy.

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#6 posted 02-14-2009 03:22 AM

Great looking unit. You did a beautiful job on it, thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#7 posted 02-14-2009 05:29 AM

Interesting Western rendition of a ”kaidan tansu” Les. Almost as interesting as the view outside your window, I should say.

Charboucher, as the original name implies (”kaidan” means stairs and ”tansu” means cabinet), you are right: those cabinets were, and still are in some cases, created to serve dually as sotrage space and to give access to second stories. Given the modularity of the Japanese interior homes, they are built in sections that can be stacked in different shapes like a puzzle to create either a stair, a rectangular or a squarish volume. Exactly the way Les built his cabinet. He clearly knows his stuff.

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#8 posted 02-14-2009 03:23 PM

Gorgeous unit Les. It appears to fit in nicely with the architecture. Thanks for sharing.

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

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#9 posted 02-27-2009 12:02 AM

Would love to see some more photos of this!

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#10 posted 03-16-2009 07:41 AM

This is a nice looking set. I like your stuff. I especially like some of the finishes, not my strong suit.
I see your weather. I’m from New England and really don’t miss the shovel… We have trees greening flowers blooming and some swallows have returned! Remember this is March 15! Ok, I’ll stop. lol

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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