Dining Table and Chairs, Griffin Style Legs. #1: "Design and Glue Up."

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Blog entry by Dennis Zongker posted 01-09-2013 12:47 AM 5188 reads 10 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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“I have finished designing and I have just begun the production of a new furniture piece, a dining table and chairs. This dining set will be similar to the “Griffin Table” that I made over four years ago. I posted the finished end table here on Lumberjocks. “If you would like to see it here is the link to the Griffin TableClick for details

For the dining table I have made a few design changes to the legs and to the marquetry to the top of the dining table. I will be working on the table legs first. The main changes to the legs are the lions face and mane. I wanted to give him more of a traditional majestic look. Here are a few pictures of the design drawing and of the glue up.

The next stage will be to begin carving out the table legs . I will post pictures of my progress showing the different stages in a series of blogs.

Thanks for looking and happy woodworking.

Clamping the blocks of mahogany to the main section, to be carved as Eagle Wings.

The block mounted to a Wilton Schiller Power Arm, which is amazingly strong.

Side View of the glued up block

Top View of the glued up block.

-- Dennis Zongker

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#1 posted 01-09-2013 12:54 AM

You certainly have my attention Dennis.
The Griffin table is one of my all time favorites and there is no doubt in my mind that this will be no less impressive.
Carving is next on my list so you will have my full attention.
I couldn’t ask for a better teacher.

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

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#2 posted 01-09-2013 12:55 AM

Looking forward to seeing the progress. Although they are your shoes, you’ve got some big ones to fill if you’re basing it off your Griffin Table! Have Fun!!

-- "There's plenty of time to read the instruction manual when you're laying in the hospital bed". - Dad

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#3 posted 01-09-2013 12:56 AM

That is going to be one heck of a table. I’m with Paul – one of my favorites of your incredible projects! I can’t wait! :)


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#4 posted 01-09-2013 01:00 AM

OMG, that is some seriously carving of one o my favs also.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#5 posted 01-09-2013 01:16 AM

Dennis – Thanks for making this project a blog and allowing us to see your work as it progresses.

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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#6 posted 01-09-2013 01:41 AM

My reaction upon seeing this.

To say that I’m looking forward to more is an understatement.

-- Brian Timmons -

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#7 posted 01-09-2013 01:49 AM

Great design Dennis. I’m looking forward to the design and build.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#8 posted 01-09-2013 02:27 AM

I can’t wait to watch this take shape, Dennis!

By the way, that Power Arm certainly looks like an amazing accessory.

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

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#9 posted 01-09-2013 04:35 AM

You have this old guy excited Dennis. I’ll be looking for all that follows.

-- Dale, Ohio

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#10 posted 01-09-2013 04:40 AM

as always dennis
your work is amazing

one can only dream !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#11 posted 01-09-2013 04:42 AM

Just clamping up that much mahogany would make me nervous. Looking forward to watching over the shoulder of a master!

-- If you can't joint it, bead it!

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#12 posted 01-09-2013 07:02 AM


This will be a very informative blog by a most accomplished craftsman-carver. We’re excited to follow along. Thanks for sharing.


-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#13 posted 01-09-2013 02:15 PM

Awesome! Thank you Dennis

-- Rob — I've cut it off twice and it's still too short!,

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#14 posted 01-09-2013 02:19 PM

I guess everyones going to be watching you on this one, buddy.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#15 posted 01-09-2013 05:22 PM

Dennis that’s going to be one fancy picnic table.

-- Billp

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