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Ball & Claw Lions Foot, "Coffee Table"

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Project by Dennis Zongker posted 11-03-2013 01:03 AM 3216 views 11 times favorited 60 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a Coffee Table that I made for a customer, the base and top edge is carved out of solid mahogany. The top Parquetry center veneer is Maple Burl and the outside border is Quartered Sapele Veneer. The 1/8” deep x 5/16” wide inlay banding is out of solid Black Ebony.

My total time making and finishing this piece took me 620 hours over a five month period. To figure out the design of the Ball and Claw Lions foot and leg with the caved acanthus leaf I made a full scale clay model. This was one of my most enjoyable pieces of furniture I have made in a long time. Thank you for looking.

The over all size of the coffee table is 54” x 54” x 18” tall.

-- Dennis Zongker





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#1 posted 11-03-2013 01:09 AM

Absolutely beautiful—true craftsmanship at it’s best!

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#2 posted 11-03-2013 01:11 AM

Wow. Such dedication to quality and it shows. I am a very ADHD kind of guy and I hate projects that take a week. Wonderful heirloom quality piece!

-- Jerry... making sawdust in the Knobs of Southern Indiana

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#3 posted 11-03-2013 01:11 AM

Dennis: A beautiful creation.

If I understand your post – You used Sapele Veneer 1/8” thick on top of Mahogany to make the surround on the table.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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#4 posted 11-03-2013 01:11 AM

Dennis this table is breath taking! It was enjoyable watching you carve and build this piece. You did an amazing job!

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

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#5 posted 11-03-2013 01:12 AM

Outstanding workmanship Dennis and beautiful results.

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#6 posted 11-03-2013 01:15 AM

What a great looking piece of furniture...with 620 hours into it I hope you charged at least $25,000 for it.

-- We all must start somewhere in our journey of doing what we love to do.

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#7 posted 11-03-2013 01:15 AM

Hi Karson, No Just the Ebony inlay is 1/8” deep. The Burl, and Sapele are veneer. I routed in a plow and inserted the ebony. Thank you for your complement.

-- Dennis Zongker

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#8 posted 11-03-2013 01:16 AM

So Refined !!

-- I just got done cutting three boards and all four of them were too short. (true story)

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#9 posted 11-03-2013 01:20 AM

I bet your client was over the moon Dennis! Stunningly beautiful coffee table!!

-- Elaine in Duncan

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#10 posted 11-03-2013 01:22 AM

Stunning work!

Nate

-- "With a little bit of faith, and some imagination, you can build anything!" Nate

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#11 posted 11-03-2013 01:43 AM

An amazing accomplishment!

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#12 posted 11-03-2013 01:48 AM

Wow…. what can you say about perfection?!

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

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#13 posted 11-03-2013 01:53 AM

Beautiful and stunning as always. Thanks for sharing this with us.

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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#14 posted 11-03-2013 02:20 AM

You never ever cease to amaze me Dennis!!!! This truly is a work of are and the design and craftsmanship on this piece is just superb!!!

-- Gene, Majestic Eagle Woodworks, http://majesticeagleww.etsy.com/, http://www.flickr.com/photos/majesticeagle/

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#15 posted 11-03-2013 02:25 AM

awesome

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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