Oak Leaves Dining Table #1: Carving the Legs

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Blog entry by Dennis Zongker posted 12-04-2014 08:06 PM 1783 reads 6 times favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Every once and a while as a craftsman, a job will find you which will give you new life and inspiration. Also bringing out the best of your abilities as a craftsman. It isn’t easy finding someone that likes you own individual style as a furniture maker where you can build pieces that you have only dreamed of building someday for someone.

It has been kind of a slow year and I never dreamed that this one person would just walk in my business and request pieces of such intricate detail and designs. Just working on the designs took me approximately one month.

My first steps was to carve the four oak leaves and scroll table legs, which I just completed. Then move onto the Art Nouveau table base. First I will make a clay model ¼” scale to figure out my glue-up and carving layout. After the bases are done for both tables I will do the Art Nouveau top and marquetry. Then next I will make the apron for the dining table which gets marquetry of acanthus leaves on the face of the apron then the dining table top and marquetry, and Last the chairs, I’m thinking I should be done in eight to nine months of full time work. My brother Dan, has been helping me out by drawing my load of the working drawings in AutoCAD for Zongkers.

Well back to work and happy woodworking! Thanks for looking

-- Dennis Zongker

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#1 posted 12-04-2014 08:13 PM

Wow—I say Wow ! But, You da man ! Good luck with it, and I can’t wait to see the end product!

-- Dave, Kansas City

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#2 posted 12-04-2014 08:22 PM

I know its already been said, but honestly my first reaction was also “wow”. Amazing also comes to mind. Your work is very inspiring and a great example to most of us of what fine craftsmanship looks like. I’m looking forward to seeing this work as it progresses. Thanks for sharing it with us.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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Patti Zongker

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#3 posted 12-04-2014 08:24 PM

Everything looks amazing~~~ I always enjoy watching you carve and create beautiful pieces :)

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

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#4 posted 12-04-2014 08:24 PM

Keep us posted with your process and progress as you are able. The carved legs look fantastic!

-- Marty,, 866-444-6996

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#5 posted 12-04-2014 08:51 PM

seriously, that is awesome.

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#6 posted 12-04-2014 10:12 PM

You have been blessed with a fantastic talent to do remarkable work. And now you are blessed with a patron who sees your vision.

Great work Dennis.

-- 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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#7 posted 12-04-2014 11:21 PM

Pure skill Dennis. I am envious.

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

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#8 posted 12-05-2014 12:45 AM

bravo Dennis .. impatiently expect the next stage ..


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#9 posted 12-05-2014 01:07 AM

your work is always exceptional and this project certainly is outstanding also.

-- Custom furniture

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#10 posted 12-05-2014 01:27 AM

What can you say but awesome.

-- John, Colorado's (Wooden Wizard)

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#11 posted 12-05-2014 01:29 AM

Dennis you are a talented artist, this is just beautiful.

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#12 posted 12-05-2014 01:33 AM

LOL! My first response was also WOW! NICE!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#13 posted 12-05-2014 01:40 AM

You inspire me every time you post Dennis.
I’m so happy for you to have the opportunity to follow your muse and to have a patron who sees what we all see in your hands. Enjoy these hours. They don’t come very often.

As for the carvings …..... I just have no words.

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

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#14 posted 12-05-2014 02:25 AM

dennis, this is woodworking, how fortunate you are to have this opportunity, but you have worked your life to get this, there are a lot of woodworkers , but only so many that have all the skills to do this, i wish i could come to this level, but that is a different story, this is beautiful, your client came to the right man, you will do this justice, and im thankful that i along with others here get to follow along…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#15 posted 12-05-2014 03:53 AM

I’m speechless Dennis. Beautiful work.

-- Dale, Ohio

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