Chess Table, with Queen Style Base

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Project by Dennis Zongker posted 06-22-2014 12:47 AM 2096 views 10 times favorited 37 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a table that I made 15 years ago for a designer here locally. The table was designed to have their last name initial “W” cut into the two sides of the table top in opposing woods. I cut all my own veneers at 1/8” thick for the entire top and used the Bevel cutting method for cutting marquetry. The center post of the table is a Queen glued up in two woods Maple & American black walnut.

A while back I got a call from a couple that has purchased the table at an estate sale. The new owner wanted a custom checker set made to match the style of the table. Which for me was a really great phone call because I never took any pictures back then of this table. When I delivered the checker set she let me take a few pictures.

The table was sitting in a small game room. It was a little damaged with some chair scratched lines on the legs and it was a little sun faded on the top but over all I was very happy to see how all my joinery and marquetry had held up throughout the last 15 years. So another 85 years and it will be a true antique I hope that it makes it.

Well the pictures are not the greatest but at least I got a chance to take a few shots! Thanks for looking!

Here is a link to the very first completed set that I made 16 years ago, time really does fly.

Click for details: "Chess Set, Table, & chairs. some better pictures

-- Dennis Zongker

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#1 posted 06-22-2014 01:17 AM

One very nice piece of workmanship Dennis

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#2 posted 06-22-2014 01:28 AM

An incredible piece that deserves an honorable spot in one’s home.

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#3 posted 06-22-2014 01:34 AM

That is beautiful

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#4 posted 06-22-2014 02:17 AM

Great looking piece Dennis. Nice job then and now.

-- Dale, Ohio

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#5 posted 06-22-2014 02:20 AM

Loved the legs and center piece. Great opportunity to see how your work survives after it’s gone.

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#6 posted 06-22-2014 02:21 AM

Oh yeah and got another commission! LOL!

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#7 posted 06-22-2014 02:29 AM


We loved your story. It is wonderful when your work comes back to honor you! I’m afraid mine might come back to bite me!

The table is really wonderful. We can’t begin to imagine all the precision work involved. So nice you could get a picture now.


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#8 posted 06-22-2014 02:31 AM

Not only its it beautiful, but it is really cool!

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#9 posted 06-22-2014 02:39 AM

Awesome work Dennis. Thanks for posting the pics. Love it !!!

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#10 posted 06-22-2014 04:00 AM

Beautiful piece of work and a wonderful story to go with it. The marquetry looks painstakingly meticulous and exhibits perfection at it’s best. Thanks for sharing! :)

-- There are three types of people in this world... those who make things happen, those who watch things happen, and those who wonder what happened.

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#11 posted 06-22-2014 04:27 AM

I agree with everyones comments above. What more can be said, it’s a great piece as always. I’m not worthy, I’m not wor…...

-- Dan Wiggins

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#12 posted 06-22-2014 04:30 AM

Best marquetry I’ve seen. Awesome everything!

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#13 posted 06-22-2014 08:36 AM

Beautiful piece Dennis and it goes to show that the good stuff never becomes outdated.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#14 posted 06-22-2014 10:44 AM

Wow Dennis, what an amazing table, awesome inlay work and design, really like the legs and feet and the centre piece under the table…My favorite for the day, you have amazing skills. Thanks for sharing.

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#15 posted 06-22-2014 11:18 AM

Amazing workmanship! Looks fantastic and love the details on the legs, great job!

-- Ben from IL

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