HB Tansu #3-Progress 11

hb_tansu-002Today was carcass glue-up day.  There are a lot of parts involved in this and its always a little unnerving.  Everything needs to go together smoothly or I risk glue freeze on a joint somewhere.  Wouldn’t be the end of the world, liquid hide glue is reversible, but it would be a lot of work to get everything back apart.

The first order of business today was to sand the exterior panels.  Nothing much to it.  Sandpaper, a block of wood and have at it.  I sanded them first with 120 grit and then finished up with 220 grit.

When I glued up the front and rear frame assemblies the other day,  I experienced a little sticking/freezing of the glue.  I think this was due to the low temperature in the shop.  So this round I planned ahead and brought the shop temperature up to 80F and warmed the glue as well.

Here is a photo of all the parts that are involved in this glue-up save the front and rear frame assemblies.  A little daunting when I look at them all piled up like this.


The extra warmth in the shop and the heating of the glue made everything go fairly smoothly.  I did have one little moment of panic when a handle rail refused to line up and seat.  A little mallet persuasion and all was fine.  I try not to use the mallet to bash assemblies together.  I like to use clamps to slowly draw things together with steady even pressure.  There are simply too many parts to keep lined up to be beating away with a mallet.  I do follow along with the mallet to make sure things are completely seated.  Anyway, I tried out the time-lapse feature on my phone and shot a little video of the process.  I slowed it down from my normal working speed so that you could see what was going on….LOL

Finally the assembled carcass.


Here is a shot of the handles that I knotted and installed last night.  A simple three strand braid with doubled wall and crown knots at each end.  I used my usual tarred nylon for this and the size of the twine is #72.


There will be a good bit of cleanup to do on the carcass.  But nothing too drastic.  Then I’ll concentrate on fitting the drawer fronts to the assembly.  I have a few pieces of walnut that I purchased out of the scrap bin that just may yield enough material for the central drawer fronts.  The remaining drawer fronts will be from pine.

Part 10 Greg Merritt Part 12

This entry was posted in Hillbilly Tansu-002 and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink.

12 Responses to HB Tansu #3-Progress 11

  1. I went backtracking here, that’s an impressive piece of cabinetry, design and workmanship. It’s simply amazing what a few passes can do for the appearance of generic stuff from the lumberyard. (I’m guessing that your son is probably older than those pine trees.) Really appreciate your thoughts on drawing, there’s so much freedom in design at the beginning before cutting begins.

    • Greg Merritt says:

      Thanks Michael!

      No doubt that this is some pretty young timber.

      One of my goals is to demonstrate that functional and, IMHO, beautiful furniture can be fabricated from marginal materials. Not everyone can access or afford exotic or even domestic hardwoods. I want everyone to feel that they can build furniture. That being said, the design is important for this to work. The limitations of the materials must be taken into account and overcome with structure and joinery.

      The drawings are an integral part of my goal. Hopefully my examples will give others the nudge to take up drawing for their own projects. Freeing them to follow their own paths.

      Maybe a little ambitious on my part, but worth a try.


  2. Pingback: HB Tansu #3-Progress 10 | GREG MERRITT – BY MY OWN HANDS

  3. bloksav says:

    Gee Greg. You seem to finish complicated projects at an incredible pace. 🙂

    I agree whole heartedly on the idea of making something out of marginal materials. Such as pallet wood or construction lumber or whatever is available.

    Keep up the good work

    • Greg Merritt says:

      LOL…thanks Jonas.
      Your a master of using whatever is at hand. I read a lot of posts where people are hung up trying to find the perfect wood. If that’s what they want to do, fine. I think there are several of them who believe that a project can only be built with a certain wood and never build anything for want of timber. Projects like ours demonstrate that just about any timber can be used.


  4. Alex A. says:

    Greg your progress continue to inspire me. A Tansu chest is on my bucket list for quite some time.

  5. Dave G says:

    Just add Time Lapse photography to your growing list of skills, I hope slowing down so we could see what you were doing was not too much of a hindrance to your build

  6. Pingback: HB Tansu #3-Progress 12 | GREG MERRITT – BY MY OWN HANDS

If you don't comment this is just a fancy way for me to talk to myself.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s