"Acanthus Leaf Theme" Dinning Table & Chairs

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Project by Dennis Zongker posted 07-28-2008 08:20 PM 5418 views 10 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This old world dinning table and chairs. Has Marquetry of eight French style acanthus leafs around the top. And a center acanthus flower in bloom in the center of the top. Around the circumference on the top edge, theirs 32 carved acanthus leafs. It took 9 hours to carve each leaf. The table took me a little over 900 hours to make and finish.

The tapered cylinder drum base is hollow. The solid American black walnut base was 8/4 thick when glued up. When carving the leaves around the base, I carved off approxametly 3/4” of a inch. The top has 20 coats of clear polyurethane. I wet sanded the first 19 coats with 400 grit. Then after I sprayed the last coat. I sanded with 1200 grit to 2000 grit to 4000 grit. Then with a car buffer and a fine compound I buffed it until it looked like glass.

My brother Dan designed the table and chairs. I completed this piece 3 years ago. Photobucket This is me carving, it took 288 hours to carve the 32 leafs around the top edge.

-- Dennis Zongker

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#1 posted 07-28-2008 08:35 PM

You, Sir, are a Master Craftsman. I am totally blown away and speechless by your work!

This is very inspiring!

For those that have not yet been to Dennis's website, you need to pay it a visit! I’ve gotten lost in looking at all the fine work he’s done.

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

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#2 posted 07-28-2008 08:44 PM

This is absolutely stunning work. Your craftsmanship is inspiring to novice workers like myself. I would love to been an apprentice of yours.

-- so much wood, so little time. Bradford. Wood-a-holics unanimous president

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#3 posted 07-28-2008 08:52 PM

C is splendid very beautiful work

-- jeanmarc manosque france

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#4 posted 07-28-2008 08:56 PM

Another great piece of work.

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

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#5 posted 07-28-2008 09:05 PM

Painstaking, beautiful work. Bravo!

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

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#6 posted 07-28-2008 09:09 PM

omg that table is amazing,you are a true artist sir.

-- Roper - Master of sawdust-

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#7 posted 07-28-2008 11:34 PM

Simply stunning…

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

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#8 posted 07-29-2008 12:35 AM

Very impressive!

-- John, Chisel and Bit Custom Crafted Furniture,

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#9 posted 07-29-2008 01:26 AM

Beautiful craftsmanship!

That about the nicest table I’ve ever seen.

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

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#10 posted 07-29-2008 01:50 AM



-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#11 posted 07-29-2008 01:57 AM

Dennis, another absolutely gorgeous piece! What an incredible talent and skill you have. I agree with Steve about your website. You and your company have done some amazing projects.

Thanks for posting this.

-- Martin, Kansas

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#12 posted 07-29-2008 02:15 AM

This piece is inspirational. It would be a dream come true to make projects like that for clients. Good work, and thank you for sharing.

-- ~ Inspiring those who inspire me ~

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#13 posted 07-29-2008 02:34 AM

288 hours carving! My fingers hurt just thinking about it. It is a beautiful piece.

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#15 posted 07-29-2008 04:20 PM

Wow, great attention to detail. That is a beautiful table.

-- Glenn, New Mexico

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