"Stylish Box, #1" Inspired By Lumberjocks

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Project by Dennis Zongker posted 01-06-2009 05:04 AM 7201 views 58 times favorited 68 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve been a custom furniture maker for over 25 years now. I never really had any interest in box making. But since I became a member of LumberJocks. I’ve seen some very beautiful boxes, on this web site. I think I’m getting quite addicted to seeing all the boxes being posted. Also looking at all the past boxes on lumberjocks. I don’t know if the style of this box will match up with all the other beautiful boxes. But, I sure had a lot of fun making this one. It took me two weeks just to design & eight weeks to make and finish.

I used Ribbon Stripped Mahogany, & Ebony for the hardwood. And Bloodwood, Myrtle Burl, Maple Burl, Walnut, & ebony for the marquetry. Size is 9” wide x 13” long & 5 1/2” tall. Thank you for looking. PhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucket

-- Dennis Zongker

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#1 posted 01-06-2009 05:12 AM

Dennis, WOW!! I absolutely love this. Everything about it. The carving, the shape, the contrasts, the marquetry…man. Oh and I love the dovetail splines…I’ve never tried that but seeing this makes me want to.

I think you’ve raised the bar for us all. Great Job!!

Thanks for posting it…and welcome to the addiction.

-- Martin, Kansas

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#2 posted 01-06-2009 05:23 AM

What can I say, WOW!

Thanks for the post


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#3 posted 01-06-2009 05:29 AM

Beautiful box! It’s favorited.

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#4 posted 01-06-2009 05:32 AM

I got the e-mail message that Dennis had posted a box. The thought went through my mind “A Box on Steroids” I just knew it wouldn’t be just any box.

Dennis you have created a masterpiece of carving, inlay, marquetry, Wood construction and hinge placement that stretches the imaginations of us all.

A fabulous box.

it looks like you’ve taken some leatherwork lessons from Thomas. The carvings are just great.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#5 posted 01-06-2009 05:33 AM

I”m not worthy, I’m not worthy!!!!!! I’m bowing to “THE MAN”
Dennis, this is just gorgeous, I’m always going to be humbled by your work, awesome job. I can’t say enough, it’s heading to my favorites. Look out Texpenn here’s some competition for you.

-- Dan Wiggins

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#6 posted 01-06-2009 05:40 AM

What to say… ”WOW”

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#7 posted 01-06-2009 05:44 AM

Wow what a Nice Box Great Job

-- Jim, Kentucky

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#8 posted 01-06-2009 05:44 AM

Holy Cow Dennis!
You really set the bar with this one.
How did you set the oval on the top?
Are thos specail hinges that expose the Dutchmen/splines?


-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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#9 posted 01-06-2009 05:49 AM

amazing work Dennis … very impressive

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#10 posted 01-06-2009 05:53 AM


Thanks for showcasing your unbelievable talent.

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

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#11 posted 01-06-2009 05:53 AM

Dennis I always love seeing what you come up with next ! sure humbles us all.

I see you graduated from TexPenns school of Fine woodworking…{:oP…. (Love those bowties).

one question! do the bowties run throught the length of the joint, or just on the surface?

Great job!

-- Rj's Woodworks,San Jose & Weed Ca,

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#12 posted 01-06-2009 05:55 AM

Hey Dennis, could you just imagine what you could make if you really tried…? (g) Just kidding.

This is wonderful. I love the detail, especially the hinge reveals for the splines.


-- Anybody can become a woodworker, but only a Craftsman can hide his mistakes.

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#13 posted 01-06-2009 05:57 AM

Yeah, gee, that’s a nice first try, but they’ll get better, you’ll see…..(leaves LJ’s for the night, head low, tail between legs)

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#14 posted 01-06-2009 06:03 AM

Just adding my dumb struck self. Did you have to go over the top on every little detail!? Very cool, SUPER!

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#15 posted 01-06-2009 06:05 AM

My word, Dennis, ” thanks for looking” my foot, thanks for showing us all how it’s really done,in spades. There are some fantastic boxes exhibited on this site. However, I think everyone will agree this is exceptional workmanship and design. I love your carving , marquetry,etc., etc.,................

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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