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Blog entry by Dennis Zongker posted 01-07-2012 10:48 PM 3261 reads 3 times favorited 31 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My bench can sure get messy and a bit unorganized but it is all part of the fun. I have been busy building three new jewelry boxes one with, one without marquetry, and one for a customer. Making three of them at one time is taking longer then I expected, but it is way more productive.

I can’t reveal too much but thought I would share a few sneak peeks photos on what I am working on. I have been really enjoying this new adventure in my woodworking. Taking what I am building and putting it all together for my book has been exciting. It is great working with Peter at Taunton Press my book is scheduled “to be published in 2013”

If you get a chance take a look at our web-site Patti has been adding a lot of our completed furniture pieces. Everyday something new is being added it has been fun and exciting to see all the new changes.

-- Dennis Zongker

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#1 posted 01-07-2012 10:54 PM

This looks like it will be spectacular, Dennis. I can’t wait to see the finished project.

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

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#2 posted 01-07-2012 10:55 PM

I’d say they were looking good, but that would hardly do them justice! Can’t wait to see more.

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

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#3 posted 01-07-2012 11:01 PM


They look very interesting. We can’t wait to see the finished boxes! Thanks for keeping us informed.


-- Voltaire: “Those Who Can Make You Believe Absurdities, Can Make You Commit Atrocities” There are 112 genders (not including male and female)

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#4 posted 01-07-2012 11:17 PM

That’s a neat shop Dennis. Those boxes are looking good, great detail.

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

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#5 posted 01-07-2012 11:21 PM

Beautiful marquetry …... waiting with baited breath to see the final production!!!
Love your shop!

-- Gene, Majestic Eagle Woodworks,,

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#6 posted 01-07-2012 11:31 PM

Dennis- Let me know the upcoming title when you’re ready, so I can order a review copy from Taunton for a book review.


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#7 posted 01-08-2012 12:26 AM

I likes the “GreenMan” watchin over everythin

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#8 posted 01-08-2012 12:35 AM

Glad to hear you are writting a book. Kind of looks like a casino maybe the Imperial Palace.

-- Billp

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#9 posted 01-08-2012 12:35 AM

wow what a shop, and neat work too

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#10 posted 01-08-2012 12:57 AM

Dennis, I can’t wait t see this when it’s finished. I love your work…you are a gifted and talented woodworker.

-- Max the "night janitor" at

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#11 posted 01-08-2012 02:03 AM

Hi Dennis.
These are going to be spectacular.
I love the way you have approached the marquetry with relatively simple cutting but excellent design and detail.
It is so easy to get caught up in trying to make the cutting the star and ending up with something “busy”.
Your Rose design is just right. .... Elegant.

Thanks for giving the rest of us something to aspire to.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#12 posted 01-08-2012 03:37 AM


It is always a pleasure to see your work and works in progress. I didn’t know that you were working on a book but I will be sure to have copy in my library when it comes out. I haven’t been on your website for awhile so I will have to check out what Patti has published there.

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

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#13 posted 01-08-2012 04:54 AM

Just a peak! You are such a tease! I know they will be beautiful and can’t wait to see the finished pieces.

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#14 posted 01-08-2012 05:38 AM

I keep looking for what is messy about that shop. That is really a nice set up you have made for yourself and it’s helped you to turn out some beautiful work.

The Greenman is incredible. Thanks for sharing.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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#15 posted 01-08-2012 07:28 AM

What every one else has said.. and double..Or is it triple..

-- Be safe.

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