Art Nouveau Coffee Table #1: Clay Model of the Base 1/4" Scale

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Blog entry by Dennis Zongker posted 12-17-2014 12:50 AM 1767 reads 6 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Art Nouveau Coffee Table

Clay Model of the Base 1/4” Scale

Before starting to carve this large coffee table base I needed to see the design in my head, to work out the design and size for wood glue up and mortis and tenon location. The top size is 78” x 60” elliptical shaped that sets into the customers cigar room.

To shape this design into clay was much harder than I thought it would be. It took approximately 40 hours and was a little stressful for the first two days just trying to get a grasp on the whole art nouveau style.

The inspiration for this style came from a designer furniture maker named Eugene Vallin 1856-1922 from France. His inspiration came from a famous designer of Emile Galle.

I’m very excited to get started carving on this one, I just purchased 350 board foot of 12/4 solid African Mahogany and will use a large grinder to do most of the work. I appreciate you looking, Thank you.

-- Dennis Zongker

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#1 posted 12-17-2014 01:14 AM

40 Hours on a mock-up that is what I call dedication! This is going to be an amazing table, I look forward to seeing your progress.

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

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#2 posted 12-17-2014 01:34 AM

Dennis, even your mock-up looks amazing. This is going to be a fabulous table. I’m looking forward to you next instalment. 350 BF, that is a lot of wood!

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#3 posted 12-17-2014 02:27 AM

LOL! I’m with Peter. As I was looking at the progression on the mock up I could understand how you are “IN Tune” with this project.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#4 posted 12-17-2014 02:31 AM

Being able to create a model in clay of the piece your working on is a task in itself and it looks amazing. I’m looking forward to seeing the finished product.

-- Dale, Ohio

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#5 posted 12-17-2014 02:45 AM

This just blows me away Dennis. Your talents seem endless.
Thanks for keeping us posted.

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

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#6 posted 12-17-2014 03:01 AM

Wow and that’s what was in your head? Amazing and that’s just the mock up. Very interesting way to work out your design. Your work is always outstanding Dennis and this is why,you pay attention to detail before there is detail. Can’t wait to see it when your done.

-- Custom furniture

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#7 posted 12-17-2014 05:34 AM


You certainly are multi-talented. The 1/4 scale prototype is a good idea, but it surely takes a lot of patience and endurance. Your work is always outstanding and your progress blogs are incredibly interesting.


-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#8 posted 12-17-2014 03:44 PM



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#9 posted 12-20-2014 02:35 PM

That is amazing.

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

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#10 posted 12-22-2014 02:18 AM

Great work Dennis

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

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#11 posted 03-09-2015 08:11 PM

Having a real, well made model, will keep you on track to the end of the project. I am following with great interest.

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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