"My Son Eric Zongker's First Contemporary Furniture Piece"

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Blog entry by Dennis Zongker posted 11-03-2008 04:45 AM 2506 reads 3 times favorited 36 comments Add to Favorites Watch

When My son, a 17 year old, junior at Millard South High School. Asked if he could have some help making a chair/bench with a lot of bending, in the legs and back. For his school project. I asked him; I don’t know are you ready for something that complicated. Of course he said, of cource I am. I was thinking to myself. I really don’t have time to make another piece of furniture right now.

To my surprise. For the first time he was really into it. I was thinking he wouldn’t reach this level of concentration until he was a little older. He has been working on this project for about two months now. He’s been working around 20 hours a week. Mostly on the weekends. I would have to say that I have never been more proud of him. He’s been working very hard. He also play’s on his high school basketball team, & he practices everyday. And most important he doing good academically. Here are some pictures of his different stages of his chair/bench. We are having a seat and back rest custom made out of black leather. They should be done in about a month. Thank’s for looking. PhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucket

-- Dennis Zongker

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#1 posted 11-03-2008 04:49 AM

VERY IMPRESSIVE! I love the design and the choice of wood. This is a very sophisticated design and the crafstmanship is quite impressive as well. I think he’s on to something. Can he make more?

-- "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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Les Hastings

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#2 posted 11-03-2008 04:52 AM

Looks like he is going to be a chip off the ole shoulder. He’s doing a fantastic job.

-- Les, Wichita, Ks. (I'd rather be covered in saw dust!)

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#3 posted 11-03-2008 04:54 AM

Wow Dennis that is awesome. Please tell your son his is doing a magnificent job. It looks like this is purpleheart and what is the lighter wood…maple?

The design is very cool. It is your son’s?

Thanks for posting it. Can’t wait to see it finished.

-- Martin, Kansas

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#4 posted 11-03-2008 05:00 AM

Thats great!!!! He’s doing a very nice job, when sanded and finished it will be beautiful!! He’s got a great teacher, and you both will always cherish these times together.

-- Dan Wiggins

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#5 posted 11-03-2008 05:14 AM

Tell his that it looks great and the LumberJock brothers are impressed with his work.

Make sure that the blogging continues.

-- 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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#6 posted 11-03-2008 05:15 AM


You have every right to be proud of this young man.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#7 posted 11-03-2008 05:19 AM

I could not agree anymore than the comments above. I could perhaps just add. And that would be to say that you have obviously instilled something in this young man that by your own words you said ” I was thinking he wouldn’t reach this level of concentration until he was a little older.” that even yourself found surprising. What you have done as a father is to be commended. You have allowed him and shown him what he needed to do, and now you get to step back and be proud, as you should be. It is you after all, that started this! But on a more personal level from me, you have now made a memory with your son that he gets to have with him the rest of his life. I am sure he will carry it with him forever. What a wonderful story. And I thank you for sharing!

-- Allison, Northeastern Ca. Remember, Amateurs built the Ark. Professionals built the Titanic!

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#8 posted 11-03-2008 05:27 AM

Hi Dennis;

This is astounding! You son is very talented, and I’m sure you are very proud of him. I am, and I don’t even know him!!

Very impressive project for any skill level.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#9 posted 11-03-2008 05:35 AM

Holy Cow! The boy has got some serious talent!

Hey, can I show the pictures off and say he’s my son?

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#10 posted 11-03-2008 05:35 AM

Very impressive work! I hope you won’t be offended the day his creativity and skills match or surpass yours. I admire you both. Thanks for sharing.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#11 posted 11-03-2008 06:02 AM

very nice! He’s going to be one talented woodworker! Must have a great teacher.

-- ~ Inspiring those who inspire me ~

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#12 posted 11-03-2008 06:11 AM

Like father, like son. That’s a really nice bench. Well done.
Now don’t underestimate teenagers… I was in university at age 16 but my nailed together speaker stand looked nothing that nice or sophisticated.

-- If you can't joint it, bead it!

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#13 posted 11-03-2008 06:37 AM

Dennis, I think after that great effort we should all invite your son into the lumberjock community.

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

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#14 posted 11-03-2008 06:38 AM

Very nice chair, you should be very proud. I didn’t have the attention span for that at 17, heck, I probably don’t have it now at twice his age.

Please post photos when the leather work is complete.

Is the design based on a Thos. Moser design?

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#15 posted 11-03-2008 08:27 AM

I’ve had the chance to meet him, and he’s a really nice young man to boot! Good job, Eric.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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