Stacking tansu dressers
I’ve always been attracted to the look of Japanese tansu cabinets, which are often modular and stackable. When a coworker took down a big pine tree and had the planks sawn and dried, I saw my chance at enough wide, matching planks to cover the sides of four cabinets, in two stacks, his and hers. Pine isn’t the most durable wood, but I figure the dents and dings will suit the utilitarian nature of this type of furniture. I planned my cuts so the grain would be continuous down the sides of both stacks of cabinets, and worked in a bit of typical Japanese assymetry, making the upper bank of drawers different in each pair. The pinned box joint is also typical of the style.
I put hard maple on all the wear surfaces-using it in the web frames, adding strips on the bottom of doors and drawer sides, and inlaying it into the door tracks-to ensure a long happy life.
The traditional tansu pulls are called Hirukan, available from HidaTool.com.