Art Nouveau Coffee Table #8: Marquetry, Trees & Reflection

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Blog entry by Dennis Zongker posted 06-02-2015 02:23 PM 1581 reads 2 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This larger marquetry has been quite the challenge. I’ve been pushing really hard to make the delivery date, it looks like I’m still going to be a week or two longer than expected.

The next steps are bending the solid ebony inlays, then routing & inlaying them into the top. Then bending and gluing on the solid mahogany top edges, Then I’m off to the finishing booth.

I haven’t had any spare time to hang out on LJ’s which I still love to do. Thank you for looking!!!!

-- Dennis Zongker

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#1 posted 06-02-2015 02:29 PM


Great job, as usual!


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#2 posted 06-02-2015 02:32 PM

Great work Dennis.
Is that East Indian Laurel burl for the tree?
The whole job just looks great but then we all expected that.
I’m happy for both your customer because he will have this fine piece and for you for having the opportunity to create it. You must be excited to see the finished piece.

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

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#3 posted 06-02-2015 02:41 PM

Great update Dennis. I look forward to seeing what’s going on with this table. I’ve done marquetry work on pieces before, but never this kind of scale. The time it takes to do a piece that size leaves my back hurting thinking about hunching over the scroll saw and the table for so long.
What method are you using? Are you just doing packet cuts and fitting the pieces together? Double bevel? How did you glue and press the entire scene to your substrate?
Beautiful stuff – thanks for sharing.

-- Gary in OP

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#4 posted 06-02-2015 02:41 PM

Amazing work, Dennis. You are truly an artist.

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

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#5 posted 06-02-2015 02:43 PM

wowza dennis, this is beyond any words, but i must try to at least convey my feeling here, well i know that when you deliver this one you will be able to breath a bit easier….just a bit….after your done with this is there anymore or is this the end of this huge just holding my breath waiting to see this unveiled….fantastic to the enth degree…..

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

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#6 posted 06-02-2015 03:23 PM

Awesome is putting it mildly…

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#7 posted 06-02-2015 05:07 PM

As usual words can not express. The customer is very lucky to have suck a one-of-a-kind piece and should not worry about being a little late. Can wait to see the finished piece.

-- Steve, Malvern, PA

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#8 posted 06-02-2015 05:52 PM

Well now I’m looking for the razor blades…........;-j

-- Joe in Pueblo West, Colo.

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#9 posted 06-02-2015 05:52 PM

LOL! OMG! Wow!

That about says what I thought and felt.

Patience is a virtue of woodwork that you have mastered? I’ll never have this much patience.

Don’t know if I’ll ever own that many clamps. LOL!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#10 posted 06-02-2015 06:53 PM

A great talent.

That is absolutely beautiful, Dennis.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#11 posted 06-02-2015 07:07 PM

Wow, that is absolutely amazing and beautiful work.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#12 posted 06-02-2015 07:48 PM

Dennis, a fantastic looking piece. I’m guessing that the mirror image piece is not the same size as the top piece. So it was not a case of cutting two pieces and be able to do both trees.

-- 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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#13 posted 06-02-2015 10:22 PM

Amazing as always, You could always tell the customer if I was doing this it would be a yr or two behind. LOL

You are an artisit!

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

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#14 posted 06-03-2015 12:12 AM

Nice work Dennis always a pleasure to see your progress.

-- Bob Kassmeyer, Nebraska

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#15 posted 06-03-2015 04:25 AM

Dennis, Looking good ! Keep pumping brother ! : )

-- Dave, Kansas City

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