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Project by dan mosheim posted 04-12-2009 12:04 AM 21710 views 66 times favorited 29 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the third tansu style cabinet we’ve done. We did the original (5th photo) about 20 years ago and the walnut piece (6th photo) last Spring. That led to the current project, a 4’ x +/- 7’ x 110” stairway that will be disassembled and shipped to Palo Alto from here in Vermont for installation. It was an interesting and challenging project, with all the design work done over the internet, There are always things to work out when you build a project for disassemby and installation and this one was no exception. It’s ready to go now and there are three entries detailing the process, including the railings on our Dorset Custom Furniture blog. Check it out there if you have a minute … dan

-- dan,vermont,http://dorsetcustomfurniture.blogspot.com/





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TheCaver

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#1 posted 04-12-2009 12:13 AM

I’m not a fan of the style, but your shop produces some great quality pieces. I like the custom metalwork aspect too. Top notch sir.

JC

-- Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known. -Carl Sagan

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#2 posted 04-12-2009 12:14 AM

I love this project

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#3 posted 04-12-2009 12:25 AM

I really like this, Dan. I’ve been building my “dream house” and after living for 10 years in a two story house, this one is all on one floor. Otherwise I would have something like this. The tansu chest you have pictured is has a nice style to it. Thanks for the post.

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#4 posted 04-12-2009 12:32 AM

Great project Dan! Awesome job once again!

-- Les, Wichita, Ks. (I'd rather be covered in saw dust!)

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#5 posted 04-12-2009 12:38 AM

This is awesome. Other than the obvious constraints (stairs), what were the drivers for the proportions of the doors and drawers?

I really like the cloudlift on the top set of doors. The different panel and hardware styles give this piece interest.

-- Scott - Chico California http://chicowoodnut.home.comcast.net

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Frankie Talarico Jr.

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#6 posted 04-12-2009 01:16 AM

when I build my house I’ll be having a set like this thanks for the post. Beautiful work

-- Live by what you believe, not what they want you to believe.

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PurpLev

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#7 posted 04-12-2009 01:18 AM

fantastic, excellent use of the space, and the design and work is great!

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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kiwi1969

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#8 posted 04-12-2009 02:05 AM

Thats very very impressive.

-- if the hand is not working it is not a pure hand

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#9 posted 04-12-2009 02:08 AM

Beautiful piece.
I have made a couple of them but not in a stairs like yours. They were free standing furniture cabinets.
I made them in stacking units that could be re-configured or used independently if necessary. Also one is 8’ X 8’ so it is to big and heavy to move as one piece.
I think they are fun to build.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#10 posted 04-12-2009 03:18 AM

Great work ,whats something like that weigh?

-- GO DAWGS!

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#11 posted 04-12-2009 03:37 AM

Those are great. What a way to use “wasted” space.

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

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#12 posted 04-12-2009 03:42 AM

Awesome project Dan. I am a big fan of your work.

I have been interested in doing a tansu project someday.

Love it!

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com

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#13 posted 04-12-2009 07:26 AM

Beautiful projects…How deep do the drawers go into the stairs ?

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#14 posted 04-12-2009 08:32 AM

Good looking project and an outstanding use of space. Had to be a design nightmare to build it with the intention of disassembling it for shipping. Good work.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased." http://www.cajunpen.com/

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#15 posted 04-12-2009 06:19 PM

Unique and inspirational.

-- Garyb6, “True simplicity does not reveal the tremendous effort it requires.” - Somerset Maugham

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