Tansu Inspired Case

  • Advertise with us
Project by Dorje posted 2327 days ago 4309 views 30 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

53 comments so far

View Pete Santos's profile

Pete Santos

170 posts in 2641 days

#1 posted 2327 days ago

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.

View W1ngnu7's profile


27 posts in 2552 days

#2 posted 2327 days ago

Great design Dorje.

-- W1ngnu7

View Eric's profile


873 posts in 2416 days

#3 posted 2327 days ago

Wow, it’s really beautiful. Well done.

And great photographs as well!

-- Eric at

View GaryK's profile


10262 posts in 2621 days

#4 posted 2327 days ago

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

View Napaman's profile


5338 posts in 2710 days

#5 posted 2327 days ago

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

View Blake's profile


3437 posts in 2507 days

#6 posted 2327 days ago

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!

View davidtheboxmaker's profile


373 posts in 2438 days

#7 posted 2327 days ago

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.

View Scott Bryan's profile

Scott Bryan

27251 posts in 2454 days

#8 posted 2327 days ago

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

View cajunpen's profile


14378 posts in 2698 days

#9 posted 2327 days ago

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."

View Lee A. Jesberger's profile

Lee A. Jesberger

6647 posts in 2612 days

#10 posted 2327 days ago


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

View trifern's profile


8132 posts in 2400 days

#11 posted 2327 days ago

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.

View Critterman's profile


595 posts in 2443 days

#12 posted 2327 days ago

Great Job Dorje,

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

-- Jim Hallada, Chesterfield, VA

View Bob Babcock's profile

Bob Babcock

1804 posts in 2719 days

#13 posted 2327 days ago

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

-- Bob, Carver Massachusetts, Sawdust Maker

View Dan'um Style's profile

Dan'um Style

12926 posts in 2615 days

#14 posted 2327 days ago

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

View Damian Penney's profile

Damian Penney

1140 posts in 2624 days

#15 posted 2327 days ago

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

showing 1 through 15 of 53 comments

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics :: gardening showcase