"Stylish Box, without Carving & Marquetry"

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Project by Dennis Zongker posted 04-10-2009 09:11 PM 9426 views 35 times favorited 61 comments Add to Favorites Watch

“Stylish Box, With Carving & Marquetry”
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I have decided to take this time to try something different, outside of furniture making. The past few months I have been writing a how to book called, “Stylish Boxes.” There is a lot more work involved than I thought there would be in putting this book together. The books contents will consist of, three boxes that I have designed and made. For each box there will be one with carving and/or marquetry and one like it without, in order to show that a stylish box can look good with or with out the carvings and marquetry.

I will be using carving techniques and marquetry, in some of my designs. I will take you step by step from the design to the completion of each box. This book will have detailed chapters on carving and marquetry. Within this book it will show you the style of marquetry that I have developed and the boulle technique and the bevel technique. Each chapter will guide you through the designing and building of each box, whether you choose to add the carving, marquetry or none on each box. My hopes are for the book to be ready for printing in about eight months.

Given that the members on Lumberjocks have inspired me to fall in love with box making; I would like to find 20 boxes from the Lumberjocks web-site only, to put with in the last pages of my book. I will be looking for any style of box with high quality. If you are currently in the process of making a box, or if you have been waiting to make a new box, you still have about six months until I choose which boxes I will be putting into the book.

I have added two random pages from the book for you to be able to see the layout I am going for and a sample of the writing.

*I was thinking it might be easer to copy & paste a widget pictures right here in a comment box. It would be easer for me to keep track. But, also you could go by the information below. Thank you

Please include your name and contact information to be considered.

Email entries to: [email protected] or [email protected]

· We do not accept MAC files only Windows

· All included images are a minimum of 300 dpi in a JPEG Form

· Contact information

· Please keep file sizes down for down loading (please indicate how many emails total)

Please note: with written permission from individual chosen, we will then reserve all rights to publish your photos in the book giving credit to individual along with a complimentary copy of the finished publication.

-- Dennis Zongker

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#1 posted 04-10-2009 09:14 PM

Gorgeous! Well done Dennis!

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

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#2 posted 04-10-2009 09:21 PM

Wow, well done and what an honor you are willing to bestow on some lucky lumberjockers. I’ll see if I can find some time to do something and try my hand at it.

-- Dan Wiggins

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#3 posted 04-10-2009 09:31 PM

My first reaction when I saw the thumbnail on the ‘Projects’ page was “ooohh, nice box…”. It only got better when I zoomed the project. Thanks!

-- Chris

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#4 posted 04-10-2009 09:33 PM

“Stylish!” That leaves me out, but your box is Sharp! I’m looking forward to your book.

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#5 posted 04-10-2009 09:40 PM

Thanks so much for posting the process on how to make one of these.

I really like the design with or without carving or marquetry this box is a looker!!

Job Well Done Dennis !!

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

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#6 posted 04-10-2009 09:51 PM

Wow! I’m really looking forward to this. Thanks.

-- Rich, Seattle, WA

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#7 posted 04-10-2009 10:07 PM

A beautiful box! Well done! I like the smooth lines, the flow!

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#8 posted 04-10-2009 10:37 PM

Gee a before and after picture.

How did you put all of the marquetry on after it was all assembled.


-- 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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#9 posted 04-10-2009 10:43 PM

Fantastic work as always, Dennis. You know you’ve got some copies of the book sold for sure already!

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

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#10 posted 04-10-2009 11:05 PM

Great looking box! The execution is fantastic.

Well done.

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

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#11 posted 04-11-2009 12:24 AM

Dennis, you are 100% correct…it looks fantastic…with or without the carving. What a great complimentary box to it’s “first cousin” you posted several months back!...and a great idea for a book too.

How can I reserve a copy of your book? I’d love to have one.

Thanks for posting this.

-- Martin, Kansas

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#12 posted 04-11-2009 12:32 AM

Another beautiful box and to be topped off with an outstanding xtra of the complete process in a book!!!
Wow…............. I also want to reserve a book , signed by the artist of course!

To be considered for the last pages of your book:
Can it be a completed project? or a project in progress, with the progress anotated?
Does it have to be “carved” or “stylish” ? Is there something “specific” that you would be looking for to compliment your already wonderful book?

Thanks so much for posting this Dennis

-- Gene, Majestic Eagle Woodworks,,

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#13 posted 04-11-2009 02:16 AM

Your work has to be some of the best in the world. I really don’t know woodworking, but seriously, can this be improved on? I don’t see a way.

-- Scott

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#14 posted 04-11-2009 03:20 AM

As always you do beautiful work Dennis, I love the way you show both boxes with and without embellishments as not everyone’s tastes are the same, I know this from personal experience, my wife says less is more and I always say more is more :-) It looks to me as this book will include techniques that could be used on projects of a much larger size. I really look forward to your book.

-- Paul--- Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. — Scott Adams

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#15 posted 04-11-2009 04:00 AM

Wow, As usual, this is simply gorgeous. True and awesome talent! It is ALWAYS a pleasure to look at your wok. Thanks for sharing!

-- Allison, Northeastern Ca. Remember, Amateurs built the Ark. Professionals built the Titanic!

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