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Blog entry by Dennis Zongker posted 965 days ago 1855 reads 3 times favorited 31 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My bench can sure get messy and a bit unorganized but it is all part of the fun. I have been busy building three new jewelry boxes one with, one without marquetry, and one for a customer. Making three of them at one time is taking longer then I expected, but it is way more productive.

I can’t reveal too much but thought I would share a few sneak peeks photos on what I am working on. I have been really enjoying this new adventure in my woodworking. Taking what I am building and putting it all together for my book has been exciting. It is great working with Peter at Taunton Press my book is scheduled β€œto be published in 2013”

If you get a chance take a look at our web-site Patti has been adding a lot of our completed furniture pieces. Everyday something new is being added it has been fun and exciting to see all the new changes.

-- Dennis Zongker

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#1 posted 965 days ago

This looks like it will be spectacular, Dennis. I can’t wait to see the finished project.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#2 posted 965 days ago

I’d say they were looking good, but that would hardly do them justice! Can’t wait to see more.

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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#3 posted 965 days ago


They look very interesting. We can’t wait to see the finished boxes! Thanks for keeping us informed.


-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#4 posted 965 days ago

That’s a neat shop Dennis. Those boxes are looking good, great detail.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#5 posted 965 days ago

Beautiful marquetry …... waiting with baited breath to see the final production!!!
Love your shop!

-- Gene, Majestic Eagle Woodworks,,

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#6 posted 965 days ago

Dennis- Let me know the upcoming title when you’re ready, so I can order a review copy from Taunton for a book review.


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#7 posted 965 days ago

I likes the “GreenMan” watchin over everythin

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#8 posted 965 days ago

Glad to hear you are writting a book. Kind of looks like a casino maybe the Imperial Palace.

-- Billp

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#9 posted 965 days ago

wow what a shop, and neat work too

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#10 posted 965 days ago

Dennis, I can’t wait t see this when it’s finished. I love your work…you are a gifted and talented woodworker.

-- Max the "night janitor" at

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#11 posted 965 days ago

Hi Dennis.
These are going to be spectacular.
I love the way you have approached the marquetry with relatively simple cutting but excellent design and detail.
It is so easy to get caught up in trying to make the cutting the star and ending up with something “busy”.
Your Rose design is just right. .... Elegant.

Thanks for giving the rest of us something to aspire to.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees.

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#12 posted 965 days ago


It is always a pleasure to see your work and works in progress. I didn’t know that you were working on a book but I will be sure to have copy in my library when it comes out. I haven’t been on your website for awhile so I will have to check out what Patti has published there.

-- Mike, Missouri --- β€œA positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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#13 posted 965 days ago

Just a peak! You are such a tease! I know they will be beautiful and can’t wait to see the finished pieces.

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#14 posted 965 days ago

I keep looking for what is messy about that shop. That is really a nice set up you have made for yourself and it’s helped you to turn out some beautiful work.

The Greenman is incredible. Thanks for sharing.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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#15 posted 965 days ago

What every one else has said.. and double..Or is it triple..

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ For lovers of all things timber...

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