Tansu Wood Chest Plans


Spice up a room with a piece of Japanese furniture! Our plans make it easy to build. Quick and easy download.


Tansu Wood Chest Plans


I've always appreciated Japanese Tansu furniture, and a request from a client gave me an excuse to build some. The style dates back to the Edo period (1615-1867), when the construction of each piece would reflect the needs of the home and the class status of its owner. In the case of this Tansu step chest (called kaidan dansu in Japanese), the stepped design allows the homeowner to access loft space while incorporating storage. It's said this particular configuration was designed to fool the taxman, as two-storey dwellings were taxed at a higher rate.

The homeowner could simply flip the top portion of the chest onto the lower “steps” to create a square chest,
eliminating the appearance of stairs. My version of the chest was made for a friend, with contemporary details to reflect her needs and decor. I'm not sure what the Canada Customs and Revenue Agency's official position is on this furniture, but I don't suppose it would help much in an audit.

Since there are many similar parts involved in this project, I've divided it into four levels-A through D. Each part has a full name, plus a short-form letter and number label. The materials list shows both the full name and the short form, while the instructions and plans include short forms only for clarity. Although the parts list is long, don't let any of it scare you. The Tansu chest is just a bunch of stacked, drawer-equipped boxes. Crisp workmanship and precision are all you need to get this project right.

This is a sample of our custom made set of woodworking plans that are included already in our full site wood plans package, which also contains 15,000 more great wood plans like this. These small sample plans are intended to give our customers a preview of our large woodworking plans package before they purchase it. Please note, this particular item does not include the thousands of bonus wood plans on that package, this is for one plan only. This is one of the plans included as part of the complete woodworking plans package. Perhaps if this plan is all you need, then purchase it direct, otherwise, our full site access plan package is the best overall value.

Our plans are designed and written to be easy to follow and understand. This is a very simple plan with very simple instructions. You don't need an engineering degree and be able to read complex blueprints to understand our plans. You should be comfortable with woodworking and have good solid building skills, but our blueprints are still designed to be easy to read.

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