“Eight Chippendale Style Dining Chairs”

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Project by Dennis Zongker posted 04-10-2016 09:17 PM 1589 views 6 times favorited 37 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These eight chairs go with the oak leaf theme dining table I made around four and half months ago.

My design for these chairs was to match up to the table legs to the front chair legs. Basically I scaled down to half size. Also to have the backs of the chairs to have acorns and scrolls incorporated into the carvings.

I was inspired by, Thomas Chippendale for the chair design he was a famous furniture maker and designer back in 1754 he published a book titled, “The Gentleman & cabinet Makers Director”

I want to give a special thank you to my son Eric Zongker for helping me make these chairs. This was a great project to teach him how to carve because of the repetition. Eric carved both the faces of the lower middle of the backs of each chair. Thanks for looking Lumberjocks and Happy Woodworking to you!

Here is a link to the Oak Theme Dining Table

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-- Dennis Zongker

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#1 posted 04-10-2016 09:31 PM

These are so beautiful they look like “royalty chairs” they look even more breath taking in person…. you and Eric did an amazing job I am so very proud :)

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

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#2 posted 04-10-2016 09:33 PM


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

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#3 posted 04-10-2016 09:34 PM

Your work is amazing !...

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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#4 posted 04-10-2016 10:09 PM

wow dennis, ive waited for these ever since i talked to you that day, i know there is so much work and love in this project, the best part of this project was that you were able to work with your son, the memories from this will last forever, these are so magnificent , i wish we could see the chairs around the table, well thanks so much for sharing your craft and love for woodwork with all of us.

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

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#5 posted 04-10-2016 10:12 PM

Always a fan of your work!

-- Marty,, 866-444-6996

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#6 posted 04-10-2016 10:18 PM

My hat off and compliments to you and Eric !
It must be most satisfying to pass on your skills to your son .


-- Kiefer

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#7 posted 04-10-2016 10:51 PM


As we have come to expect, your work is flawless. It was worth the wait—which was surprisingly short for such an intense project.


-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#8 posted 04-10-2016 11:05 PM

truly beautiful chairs. Along with the table , it certainly looks like a magnificent set.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#9 posted 04-10-2016 11:18 PM

Superb work Dennis, as always, it’s a joy to see what your doing next.

-- Dan Wiggins

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#10 posted 04-10-2016 11:23 PM

Absolutely stunning, as expected. Can you share your finishing schedule for these magnificent chairs?

-- Steve, South Carolina,

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#11 posted 04-11-2016 12:18 AM

Dennis, you are an amazing woodwizard. WowZa times a million. These should be in a museum with everything else you build. Very awesome!

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#12 posted 04-11-2016 12:25 AM


I think you added Pooped to my P’s of woodworking. Other than pleasure for a job well done I’m sure pooped is in there too. LOL!

somewhere next to patience? LOL!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#13 posted 04-11-2016 12:41 AM

Dennis, each chair is a masterpiece by itself. I love the timeless design and your unbelievable craftsmanship.

-- AJ, Long Island. New York

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#14 posted 04-11-2016 12:57 AM

Beautiful work. Will you sell them for less than $700 a piece?


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#15 posted 04-11-2016 01:12 AM

wow you are what i strive for every time i enter the shop,quality,craftsmanship,and mastery of the medium you killed it and working with your son,it doesnt get any better.if this were the olympics,all 10’s,gold medal.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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