"Stylish Box, #1" Inspired By Lumberjocks

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Project by Dennis Zongker posted 2060 days ago 5688 views 53 times favorited 68 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve been a custom furniture maker for over 25 years now. I never really had any interest in box making. But since I became a member of LumberJocks. I’ve seen some very beautiful boxes, on this web site. I think I’m getting quite addicted to seeing all the boxes being posted. Also looking at all the past boxes on lumberjocks. I don’t know if the style of this box will match up with all the other beautiful boxes. But, I sure had a lot of fun making this one. It took me two weeks just to design & eight weeks to make and finish.

I used Ribbon Stripped Mahogany, & Ebony for the hardwood. And Bloodwood, Myrtle Burl, Maple Burl, Walnut, & ebony for the marquetry. Size is 9” wide x 13” long & 5 1/2” tall. Thank you for looking. PhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucket

-- Dennis Zongker

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#1 posted 2059 days ago

Dennis, WOW!! I absolutely love this. Everything about it. The carving, the shape, the contrasts, the marquetry…man. Oh and I love the dovetail splines…I’ve never tried that but seeing this makes me want to.

I think you’ve raised the bar for us all. Great Job!!

Thanks for posting it…and welcome to the addiction.

-- Martin, Kansas

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#2 posted 2059 days ago

What can I say, WOW!

Thanks for the post


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#3 posted 2059 days ago

Beautiful box! It’s favorited.

-- ~ Inspiring those who inspire me ~

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#4 posted 2059 days ago

I got the e-mail message that Dennis had posted a box. The thought went through my mind “A Box on Steroids” I just knew it wouldn’t be just any box.

Dennis you have created a masterpiece of carving, inlay, marquetry, Wood construction and hinge placement that stretches the imaginations of us all.

A fabulous box.

it looks like you’ve taken some leatherwork lessons from Thomas. The carvings are just great.

-- 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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#5 posted 2059 days ago

I”m not worthy, I’m not worthy!!!!!! I’m bowing to “THE MAN”
Dennis, this is just gorgeous, I’m always going to be humbled by your work, awesome job. I can’t say enough, it’s heading to my favorites. Look out Texpenn here’s some competition for you.

-- Dan Wiggins

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#6 posted 2059 days ago

What to say… ”WOW”

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#7 posted 2059 days ago

Wow what a Nice Box Great Job

-- Jim, Kentucky

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#8 posted 2059 days ago

Holy Cow Dennis!
You really set the bar with this one.
How did you set the oval on the top?
Are thos specail hinges that expose the Dutchmen/splines?


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

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#9 posted 2059 days ago

amazing work Dennis … very impressive

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#10 posted 2059 days ago


Thanks for showcasing your unbelievable talent.

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

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#11 posted 2059 days ago

Dennis I always love seeing what you come up with next ! sure humbles us all.

I see you graduated from TexPenns school of Fine woodworking…{:oP…. (Love those bowties).

one question! do the bowties run throught the length of the joint, or just on the surface?

Great job!

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

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#12 posted 2059 days ago

Hey Dennis, could you just imagine what you could make if you really tried…? (g) Just kidding.

This is wonderful. I love the detail, especially the hinge reveals for the splines.


-- Anybody can become a woodworker, but only a Craftsman can hide his mistakes.

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#13 posted 2059 days ago

Yeah, gee, that’s a nice first try, but they’ll get better, you’ll see…..(leaves LJ’s for the night, head low, tail between legs)

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

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#14 posted 2059 days ago

Just adding my dumb struck self. Did you have to go over the top on every little detail!? Very cool, SUPER!

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#15 posted 2059 days ago

My word, Dennis, ” thanks for looking” my foot, thanks for showing us all how it’s really done,in spades. There are some fantastic boxes exhibited on this site. However, I think everyone will agree this is exceptional workmanship and design. I love your carving , marquetry,etc., etc.,................

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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