Art Nouveau Coffee Table #3: Gluing Legs & Runners, Then Layout for carving.

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Blog entry by Dennis Zongker posted 03-16-2015 01:46 PM 1931 reads 1 time favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 2: Cutting Very Large Mortise and Tenons Part 3 of Art Nouveau Coffee Table series Part 4: Carving with Grinders »

This coffee table base system is rather large, the top is elliptical shaped at 60” x 80”. Right now the base weights around 450 pounds, then when done carving should weight about 250 pounds.

This Art Nouveau base took me a full ten hour day to draw in my cut lines by scaling off the 1/4” clay model. So now it’s fun time using grinders that have chain saw cutters and King Arthur Holey Galahad coarse grinding discs.

I’m setting up a plastic tarp around one of the benches that I’ll be grinding on to save the guys in the shop from the wood storm. On the last picture I’m showing the practice piece which will be similar to the real carved base. Thanks for looking LJ’s

-- Dennis Zongker

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#1 posted 03-16-2015 02:02 PM

Wow! Cool project. Certainly no daintiness here. Look forward to followint this series and seeing the final product.

-- Ed

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#2 posted 03-16-2015 02:11 PM

Dennis. Thanks for continuing to share this. Very cool project. I’ve taken an angle grinder to a few wood sculpting projects, but never anything of this scale. Usually I do it outside to mulch the lawn!

-- Gary in OP

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#3 posted 03-16-2015 03:18 PM

Looks great Dennis. You take to curved lines very well. ..... would have made a great boat builder.
..... but you certainly aren’t wasted on furniture….. :-)

This will be a real signature work for you. I’m very happy for you .

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

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#4 posted 03-16-2015 03:23 PM

Aaaah…flowing curves…my kind of woodwork style. I know the finished table will be awesome….

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#5 posted 03-16-2015 03:45 PM

Whew, I get overwhelmed just looking at the pictures : ) Dennis, thanks so much for sharing ! I’m coming through Omaha in a couple weeks on Saturday – - are you in the shop on Sat. mornings? It would be fun to see it up close and personal.

-- Dave, Kansas City

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#6 posted 03-16-2015 03:54 PM

I’m looking forward to the next instalment and hopefully seeing you carve that beautiful form as you remove 200 lbs of wood chips!

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#7 posted 03-16-2015 03:55 PM


You’ve brought a whole new meaning to bench-press workout routine. We’ll expect to see you in the next Olympics. At 450 pounds, you could be a winner!


-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#8 posted 03-16-2015 04:53 PM


Thanks for the continued blog. That’s one big pocket hole! LOL! Do you run continuous dust collection while shaping?

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#9 posted 03-16-2015 07:39 PM

Very impressive project! I look forward to watching your progress.

-- "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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Dale J Struhar Sr

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#10 posted 03-16-2015 08:15 PM

Massive! Wow! Waiting for your next post, not trying to rush you or anything. Knowing your expertise with your other projects this one will be awesome. Thanks for sharing.

-- Dale, Ohio

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#11 posted 03-16-2015 11:18 PM

i love watching the free form drawing of things, i was thinking there would be some sort of laser or a cad machine mounted on this wood hunk, but nooooo its done just like i would do it, free form drawing, and then the artists eye going from there, i love it…..this is great…..those King Arthur Holey Galahad dudes are great, i have one and man will it eat some of that wood….thanks so much for this blog….

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

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#12 posted 03-17-2015 01:43 AM

Massiveness gives special beauty – and you Dennis all this giving soul.


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#13 posted 03-17-2015 12:25 PM

Coming along superbly. I know this will be an amazing table.

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

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#14 posted 03-18-2015 02:01 AM

I can tell it is going to be beautiful Dennis. Will be fun to watch the progress …Also, I think you would have made a fine Dentist!................ ;-j

-- Joe in Pueblo West, Colo.

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#15 posted 03-18-2015 03:18 PM

Awesome project!!


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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