A Tansu Style Cabinet

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Project by dan mosheim posted 07-26-2008 05:47 PM 3274 views 20 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

We finished this piece this week after wrestling for a time with the somewhat unbelievable number of pieces of wood involved. Looks pretty straightforward now that’s done but there is a lot to it’s construction. Further details and many process photos on my blog at

-- dan,vermont,

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#1 posted 07-26-2008 05:50 PM

Great looking project. I know exactly how much work went into all those drawers from making my box of drawers!

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

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#2 posted 07-26-2008 06:17 PM

very beautiful one works sees qu there is research very good idea

-- jeanmarc manosque france

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#3 posted 07-26-2008 06:57 PM

fantastic!... I almost want to turn my staircase into a faux tansu! a real one would kinda make the basement off limits. But… now that I think of it, there’s nothing under the attic stairs!

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#4 posted 07-26-2008 07:43 PM

Incredible – love it!

Did you do the work in the third pic too?

Can you tell us more about the wood, hardware, and finish…

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

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Callum Kendall

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#5 posted 07-26-2008 09:35 PM

Great job!

Thanks for the post


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#6 posted 07-26-2008 10:26 PM

ooh I love these!!

And the stairs. oooh how I’d love that under the stairs in my kitchen!!!!


-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#7 posted 07-26-2008 10:53 PM

very, very nice.
The first one looks like figured walnut
And the one under the stairs is ….............

Thanks for posting

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#8 posted 07-26-2008 11:21 PM

Yeah, that’s super nice, Dan. I don’t doubt the number of pieces is a bit of a mind-scramble. Great job.


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#9 posted 07-27-2008 01:10 AM

Great looking cabinet, the stairs would be enough to drive me nuts. Nice job.

-- Andy Stark

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dan mosheim

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#10 posted 07-27-2008 01:21 AM

To answer a couple of questions #1, from Doorje ….. I did the work in the third photo in 1989. The website entry is here … where you can also se pictures of my shop, house and metal shop. That one is natural cherry with handforged steel hardware. #2 for Daveintexas … you’re right. It’s figured walnut from Irion Lumber in Pennsylvania… They have a 200 board foot minimum order but I use a lot of wood. The boards are all from the same log which makes the grain very pleasing. We also cut some of the drawer fronts sequentially from one board so the grain would be continuous.

-- dan,vermont,

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#11 posted 07-27-2008 02:35 AM

Nicely done. Thank you for sharing.

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

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#12 posted 07-27-2008 02:41 AM

Great job! May I ask where you got the hardware? Or did you make it yourselves too?

-- Jim,

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#13 posted 07-27-2008 03:42 AM

I really like tansu. These are beautiful. The decore of my house is mostly Asian but all the furniture is Arts & Crafts, other wise I would find a place for something like this. Well, the bedroom furniture hasn’t been made yet. I may have to work a dresser tansu into the mix. Great job and thanks for the post.

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#14 posted 07-27-2008 03:56 AM

Wow! Exquisite detail and design! You did a beautiful job on this unit. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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Les Hastings

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#15 posted 07-27-2008 02:00 PM

Well done Dan, excellent workmanship.

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

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