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Blog series by Dennis Zongker updated 06-02-2015 02:23 PM 8 parts 21709 reads 126 comments total

Part 1: Clay Model of the Base 1/4" Scale

12-17-2014 12:50 AM by Dennis Zongker | 11 comments »

Art Nouveau Coffee Table Clay Model of the Base 1/4” Scale Before starting to carve this large coffee table base I needed to see the design in my head, to work out the design and size for wood glue up and mortis and tenon location. The top size is 78” x 60” elliptical shaped that sets into the customers cigar room. To shape this design into clay was much harder than I thought it would be. It took approximately 40 hours and was a little stressful for the first two da...

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Part 2: Cutting Very Large Mortise and Tenons

03-09-2015 07:43 PM by Dennis Zongker | 15 comments »

For this Art Nouveau coffee table base system I’m using African Mahogany Hardwoods. A lot of planning went into figuring out the joinery. Half of the wood will be grinded away to get the large curves and shapes to blend together for this art nouveau style. By pin nailing hardwood blocking around the bottom back legs with two 45 degree angles also around the tenons. I was able to use had saws to do most of the cutting. The drill press really came in handy for drilling out the mortise ...

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Part 3: Gluing Legs & Runners, Then Layout for carving.

03-16-2015 01:46 PM by Dennis Zongker | 18 comments »

This coffee table base system is rather large, the top is elliptical shaped at 60” x 80”. Right now the base weights around 450 pounds, then when done carving should weight about 250 pounds. This Art Nouveau base took me a full ten hour day to draw in my cut lines by scaling off the 1/4” clay model. So now it’s fun time using grinders that have chain saw cutters and King Arthur Holey Galahad coarse grinding discs. I’m setting up a plastic tarp around one of...

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Part 4: Carving with Grinders

03-29-2015 09:33 PM by Dennis Zongker | 17 comments »

Here is a short Video link at Youtube where I’m carving the base with grinders. This is the beginning steps for smoothing and balancing the proportions of the table base. After this step I will start the sanding, I’ve been grinding away for around 80 hours so far. A lot more muscle work that I wasn’t expecting, but than again nothing in woodworking ever goes exactly as planed. lol Thank you for looking! View on YouTube

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Part 5: "Grind & Sand and Grind & Sand"

04-05-2015 10:51 PM by Dennis Zongker | 15 comments »

Removing approximately 200 pounds of solid African Mahogany was pain staking. Setting up a plastic tent and wearing enough face and body gear to cure Ebola. lol When starting out it took four men to move the base and now two men can move this coffee table base. One of the dumb things that I did was take off the guard to one of my grinders so that I could get into the concave section of the lower legs. Then I hit a snag and the grinder pulled me in and grounded up a couple of my fingers, ma...

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Part 6: Large Elliptical Cutting Jig

04-15-2015 06:03 PM by Dennis Zongker | 11 comments »

For the top of this art Nouveau style coffee table top which is 60” wide by 80” long, needing to cut a perfect ellipse onto 1” thick 17 ply apple plywood. To make this cutting jig I used 3/4” and 1” thick apple plywood which is very expensive and very durable and hardly ever warps. A. Starting with the dovetail slotted base that screws to the bottom side of the top when cutting. The base is 1” thick 22” square, then route in two 1” wide 5/8&#...

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Part 7: Tree & Water Reflections, Marquetry Practicing

05-04-2015 06:34 PM by Dennis Zongker | 16 comments »

For the marquetry I needed to figure out a few obstacles before starting the real marquetry for the top. This practice piece is 23” wide x 33” long, this ellipse is much smaller then the top at 60” x 80” The practice piece I simplified the design down to just one tree with the sky, grass, bank, sand, and water. So far it has taken me about three weeks to finally get to this stage and finishing the practice piece. Finding the right veneers and almost redrawi...

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Part 8: Marquetry, Trees & Reflection

06-02-2015 02:23 PM by Dennis Zongker | 23 comments »

This larger marquetry has been quite the challenge. I’ve been pushing really hard to make the delivery date, it looks like I’m still going to be a week or two longer than expected. The next steps are bending the solid ebony inlays, then routing & inlaying them into the top. Then bending and gluing on the solid mahogany top edges, Then I’m off to the finishing booth. I haven’t had any spare time to hang out on LJ’s which I still love to do. Thank you for...

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