"Decorative Parquetry, Dinning Table"

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Project by Dennis Zongker posted 10-02-2008 04:52 AM 4737 views 18 times favorited 42 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This 54” diameter table top has Maple, Birch, Walnut, & Ebony. I cut the parquetry with a scalpel, using the “Window Method” The outside bullnose edge is glued up with “Five” 1/8” layers of solid maple. The radius rings of ebony, were glued up on radius templates, with “Three layers of 3/32” to equal the 1/4” ebony inlays.
The center opening is open with a 3/8” thick, beveled glass insert. So that you could see the custom metal table base, of rings of spheres. I clear coated the top with “Three” coats of Magnalac dull precatalyzed lacquer. I was thinking of doing a blog on all my steps with pictures. Let me know if any one would be interested. Thank you. “Also my brother Dan, designed the table”.
Close up of Parquetry
Showing the three line shooting star

The other side of the shooting star

A shot threw the 3/8” beveled glass, showing the table base.

The ring of birch & ebony, were the glass sets

Showing the bullnose and the tip of the ebony.
Close up
The metal base.

-- Dennis Zongker

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#1 posted 10-02-2008 04:57 AM

Wow! I love your design and the execution is flawless. The metal and wood really work well together. I would defintely like to see a blog. Thanks for sharing, Dennis.

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

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#2 posted 10-02-2008 04:58 AM

Dennis I always love to see what you’ll come up with next ! Your work is always superb to say the least you are a master of masters .

-- Rj's Woodworks,San Jose & Weed Ca,

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#3 posted 10-02-2008 05:28 AM

That is AWESOME!!! The design is stunning. Thanks for posting.

I too would love to see a blog on this. Great job

-- Rusty

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#4 posted 10-02-2008 05:37 AM

Hey Dennis – Beautiful work as usual, an inspiration to us all, superbly clean lines in your inlay, and metal work is also outstanding.

-- Dan Wiggins

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#5 posted 10-02-2008 05:39 AM

A beautiful artistic creation with great craftsmanship. The design of the inlays is outstanding.

Do you also do the iron work ?

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#6 posted 10-02-2008 06:04 AM

I see things like this. And, I feel silly posting. Because, all i can say is “Wow!”

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Bob #2

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#7 posted 10-02-2008 06:26 AM

Talk about style and substance. Dennis You nailed it with this one!


-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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#8 posted 10-02-2008 07:36 AM

Dennis, I love your work…and your company’s work…this piece is no exception! What an amazing combination of creativity, design and construction.

I would love to see a blog on this…by the way the pictures here are excellent. Thanks for posting this table.

-- Martin, Kansas

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#9 posted 10-02-2008 11:19 AM

Exquisite detail and design! You are a true craftsman of your craft. Outstanding work!

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#10 posted 10-02-2008 12:54 PM

The table is beautiful. And yes, I’d love to see a blog on how you worked through the project. Thanks for posting this inspriational piece of functional art.

-- I love the smell of sawdust in the morning....

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#11 posted 10-02-2008 01:52 PM

Looks great as always.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#12 posted 10-02-2008 01:58 PM

Wow… this one really caught my eye. I too would be glad to see a blog on the process.

Excellent work, thanks!

-- Ryno

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#13 posted 10-02-2008 02:22 PM

Wow, Wow, Wow. A truly out of this world creation.

-- 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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#14 posted 10-02-2008 02:41 PM

What an absolute masterpiece!!

Eating off of this table would be like using a Rembrant to cover a plaster crack! Sacrilege !!!

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

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Douglas Bordner

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#15 posted 10-02-2008 02:58 PM

Came out as beautifully as expected. What a wonderful piece of artwork, Dennis. With the glass in and the view of the armillary sphere built into the leg set, it’s a geometrical tour de force.

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

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