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Blog entry by Patti Zongker posted 385 days ago 691 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It’s hard to believe that after two years of very hard work Dennis Zongker and I have finally received word that the book is at the printers… Working with Dennis has been filled with learning, laughing, and stressing over deadlines and in the end worth every second of it.

Dennis has worked many hours and through all that he has managed to keep his head up high and not loose sight of his goals. He always pushes so hard and his dream was to one day be able to write a book. Well he is finished with his very first book. If you can dream it and you work hard at it anything in this world is possible.

Dennis has been so encouraging and such a wonderful understanding teacher. I have never built anything out of wood nor did I even have a clue what a dado, spline or jig was. I never knew what a vertical section versus a plan view was on an AutoCAD drawing. At least now I do.

A lot of time, work and effort went into completing the book. Dennis and I gave up a lot of late nights, family time, holidays and weekends. Now that we are near the end I have to say it was worth the journey to get to where we are today and I would do it again.

Thank you Dennis for putting up with me and taking the time to help me to understand exactly how to build all seven of these beautiful boxes and put every step into words.

I created a facebook page for the book for anyone that might be interested in following along. It will have sneak peeks inside, special announcements and press releases.

Thanks for your support and Happy woodworking!

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

11 comments so far

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#1 posted 385 days ago

For those who don’t want to support facebook, can you post the peeks inside and special announcements here also.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware †

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#2 posted 385 days ago

I can’t wait to get my hands on that book!

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

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#3 posted 385 days ago

Congratulations to you both, that is a Huge Accomplishment!!
I’m looking forward to seeing it in Print!

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#4 posted 385 days ago

I’m watching my mailbox.
Can’t wait.

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

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#5 posted 385 days ago

Anxious to see the book. I’ll definitely be adding it to my collection of books on boxes.

-- Randy, Oakdale, Ca.

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#6 posted 385 days ago

I would buy the book to support Dennis, but come on MAN; facebook? really, you’ve got to have a sneak preview on a woodworking forum not on a; “sharing site” as you speak of!
glad to hear Dennis is writing a book.he does some very cool work.

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Patti Zongker

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#7 posted 384 days ago

Thank you for your comments and suggestions… Karson and doordude: I will work on posting the information on LJ for those who do not follow FB I am not very good at the posting on here but I will have Dennis post for me.. thank you

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

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#8 posted 384 days ago

Dennis is a fine craftsman and has a lot of knowledge to share and I wish you both much success with the book.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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Patti Zongker

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#9 posted 384 days ago

Thank you Charles

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

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#10 posted 384 days ago

Congratulations Patti and Dennis. Teamwork from a dynamic pair!!! Look forward to reading your book!!!!!!!!!

-- The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart. "Helen Keller"

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Patti Zongker

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#11 posted 383 days ago

Thank you MichaelA

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

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