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Blog entry by Dennis Zongker posted 457 days ago 1895 reads 4 times favorited 32 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It is hard to believe it has been five years from when I got this crazy idea to write a book on box making. I have been a custom furniture maker ever since I was a young man. Then when I joined Lumberjocks and seen all the beautiful boxes by my fellow woodworkers, it influenced me to a high level of passion for box making.

Once I had a book layout I started my quest at first not realizing the many difficult obstacles that would stand in my way. One of the biggest obstacles was finding a publisher which would make a big difference on many different aspects. The most important to me was to find someone in the woodworking back ground. With a lot of determination I was very honored to have “The Taunton Press” as my publisher. Receiving that phone call from the editor telling me, “Yes we are going to publish your book” was the greatest news I had heard. I have learned a lot about writing a book from making sure the photos are correct to writing each building step so it can be understood by those who read it. It wasn’t an easy road but one I would travel on again without hesitation.

The name of the book has changed four times from the original title of “Stylish Boxes” to the final name “Wooden Boxes” Skill Building Techniques for Seven Unique Projects” The reason for the change is that there are so many different techniques for each box which can be used for making boxes as well as furniture. There are also speciality skills like, segmented turning, banding, carving and marquetry. The book ended up being 100 pages longer than expected with a total of 240 pages.

Right now the book is on many book web-sites for pre-order due out in October. The nice thing now is that all the work is done so now I am just waiting for them to be printed and distributed.

I really wanted to give a special thank you to all of my Lumberjock woodworking buddies for all your inspiration. Thank you very much!!!

http://www.amazon.com/Wooden-Boxes-Building-Techniques-Projects/dp/1600855229

-- Dennis Zongker



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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#1 posted 457 days ago

Congratulations, Dennis! I am so happy for you! Your talent is amazing and it is wonderful of you to share it with us through this book. I look forward to seeing it in publication and I hope it only adds to your successes.

Awesome accomplishment! :)

Sheila

-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts Magazine, If you like reading my blog, come visit at Sheila Landry Designs http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com "Knowledge is Power"

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Craig Havran

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#2 posted 457 days ago

Congrats!! Can’t wait to see it!

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

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Patti Zongker

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#3 posted 457 days ago

Congratulations, Dennis! I had the pleasure of being with you throughout the whole process and I will have to say I learned so much from you. Not only your incredible woodworking skills but all your hard work,
dedication and determination to provide the best results on all 7 of the boxes. It is a huge accomplishment everything has turned out wonderfully and I know in my heart that it will do great~~

-- Follow your passion, and success will follow you.

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DocSavage45

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#4 posted 457 days ago

Dennis,

Taunton has come a long way. They really understand what an instruction book is meant to be. Many people can write, and many woodworkers can’t, LOL! But they really know how to make things.

I’m hoping your book is a success. It adds to your portfolio. I have two books by Thomas Mosier who is not usually mentioned on LJ’s, and he’s been pretty successful. There are many like me who like the feel and smell of a book when we are reading. I can also gaze at the quality prints, such as Taunton includes. Not like having your project in my hands. But closer than my computer screen…LOL!

Since finding LJ’s three years ago, I’ve come to understand and appreciate the creativity that goes “into the box”.

Great news, and Kudos!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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Ken90712

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#5 posted 457 days ago

Great news for you and all of us Lumberjocks! I ordered mine as soon as I saw this post! Your work is amazing and fun to watch and learn from you. You have always been helpful with questions and supportive to those trying to improve their woodworking skills. Couldn’t be happier for you!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#6 posted 457 days ago

Congratulations, Dennis! Awesome!!!

Lee

-- by Lee A. Jesberger http://www.prowoodworkingtips.com http://www.ezee-feed.com

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helluvawreck

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#7 posted 457 days ago

Thanks for the link, Dennis, I just preordered it. By seeing your work on Lumberjocks and your own website I know it will be good. I hope the book does real well for you.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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Toolz

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#8 posted 457 days ago

Congratulations Dennis!

-- Larry "Work like a Captain but Play like a Pirate!"

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Steven Davis

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#9 posted 457 days ago

Pre-ordered.

-- Steven Davis - see me at http://www.playnoevil.com/ and http://www.stelgames.com/

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shipwright

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#10 posted 457 days ago

Congrats Dennis, another chance to learn from you …. life is good.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees. http://prmdesigns.com/

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BritBoxmaker

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#11 posted 457 days ago

Congratulations Dennis.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging. http://www.theartofboxes.com

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tinnman65

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#12 posted 457 days ago

Congratulations Denis, I can’t wait to get my hands on it!

-- Paul--- Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. — Scott Adams

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degoose

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#13 posted 457 days ago

My heartfelt congratulation… will be ordering a copy.

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

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MShort

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#14 posted 457 days ago

Congrats Dennis !!!!! I put my pre-order in today. Looking forward to the book.

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

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a1Jim

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#15 posted 457 days ago

Congrats Dennis your work and talent are certainly book worthy.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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