Two Sided Buffet

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Project by Dennis Zongker posted 02-12-2015 11:56 PM 2910 views 15 times favorited 42 comments Add to Favorites Watch

When posting on LumberJocks I always post things that I made by myself. For this two sided buffet it was a team effort to complete. This piece I’m really excited about and wanted to share with my LJ’s buddy’s.

The Buffet is made out of Genuine Mahogany hardwoods and walnut burl veneer. Both sides are a mirror image of each other. The unit size is 42” high x 36” deep x 80” Long. Each Elliptical panel carving took me 32 hours, a total of 256 hours.

My brother Dan designed the Buffet, I designed the carvings and engineered the blue prints. Then routed out the elliptical panels then hand carved the oak leaf and acorns also the eight medallions and corbels. My Son Eric turned the eight feet, and Eric and I finished sanded, conditioned, toned, and stained and finished the piece. It was a very tough color to achieve it seams like dark colors are always complicated. And Mike Irvin who has been a craftsman here at Zongkers Custom woods for over ten years. Mike made the unit, doors, side panels, and top edges. Also Kurt Star made the drawers and helped with the corbels, Kurt has been with us for over 17 years.

Thank you for looking LumberJocks and happy woodworking to you!!!

-- Dennis Zongker

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#1 posted 02-13-2015 12:03 AM

i saw this just come up and saw your name and said…oh my oh my, here we go, its going to be a beauty, and you never displease….this is gorgeous….im going to now look it over really well, thanks dennis….

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#2 posted 02-13-2015 12:04 AM

If this was a team effort, I’d say your team won the Superbowl. This is just a spectacular piece, Dennis.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#3 posted 02-13-2015 12:12 AM

well you certainly need to pass on to the others , they did a fantastic job as well, i know if i could afford your work , i would have my name on your list and would commission one piece so that i could look at its beauty for a very long time…its always a pleasure to see the work that comes from your shop…you achieved a real masterpiece here, the color is spot on…cheers to all who work at zongkers.

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#4 posted 02-13-2015 12:22 AM

Excellent joint effort Dennis.

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

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#5 posted 02-13-2015 12:25 AM

Gorgeous piece. Absolutely magnificent.

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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#6 posted 02-13-2015 12:34 AM

Dennis… Wow. What a beautiful piece!

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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#7 posted 02-13-2015 12:48 AM

Typically outstanding! What we’ve all come to expect of a Zongker piece. It’s spectacular of course. Well done Dennis.

-- Max the "night janitor" at

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#8 posted 02-13-2015 12:52 AM

Over the top. Truly outstanding.

-- John, Colorado's (Wooden Wizard)

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#9 posted 02-13-2015 01:14 AM

You blow me away every time Dennis.
It must be nice to have such a great team to work with. They are obviously all very talented.
This is a gorgeous piece of work.


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

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#10 posted 02-13-2015 02:10 AM

absolutely stunning work!

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#11 posted 02-13-2015 02:23 AM

It is always a treat to see your stunning pieces. I loved reading that this masterpiece was such a team effort. It shows in everything you do. You certainly prove over and over again what an art woodworking can be! Congratulations on a beautiful piece! :)


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#12 posted 02-13-2015 02:53 AM

Well there we go again….....the rest of us will just keep hacking away…’s beautiful. ;-j

-- Joe in Pueblo West, Colo.

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#13 posted 02-13-2015 03:15 AM

Damn Dennis, you keep setting the bar so high, I can only hang my head and say I wish I was that good. A real masterpiece.

-- Dan Wiggins

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#14 posted 02-13-2015 03:30 AM


This is absolutely exquisite!


-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#15 posted 02-13-2015 04:13 AM

Beautiful Dennis!

-- Dale, Ohio

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