Art Nouveau Coffee Table

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Project by Dennis Zongker posted 06-19-2015 02:57 PM 3905 views 8 times favorited 47 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This coffee table was designed and made for a customer with a large cigar room. The elliptical top size is 60” wide X 80” long with a total height of 22” The shape of the base is an art Nouveau style. This style was at its peak in France around 1910. Art Nouveau was inspired by natural forms such as flowers, trees, ect. My inspiration came from a Designer/furniture maker named Eugene Vallin 1856-1922.

The top has a marquetry picture of a lake and trees with a water reflection. There are 450 different pieces of veneer to create the top marquetry. The elliptical shape of the top really help add to the Art Nouveau overall style of the coffee table.

This was a really fun piece of furniture to make, the time frame was four months which wasn’t a long enough time frame. I had to push hard, 1200 hours in a 4 month time period. I still love every moment of it. I think us woodworkers are a little crazy. lol Thank you for looking!!!

-- Dennis Zongker

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#1 posted 06-19-2015 03:11 PM

Whenever I get an email telling me you’ve posted a project, I’m like a kid unwrapping a Christmas present. I know it’s going to be fantastic!

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

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#2 posted 06-19-2015 03:16 PM

Dennis…this is Incredible...this is a most unique and fantastic creation. I have watched your ongoing progress photos and the finished table is awesome. 1200 hours is quite a bit of time for any project. Good thing your client has very deep pockets.

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#3 posted 06-19-2015 03:16 PM

Gorgeous is an understatement.

The legs, feet and stretchers appear to be liquid in suspension.

Beautiful work Dennis.

Work Safely and have Fun. – Len

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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#4 posted 06-19-2015 03:34 PM

Stunning Dennis,
Absolutely gorgeous piece. I love the design and your execution is flawless as usual. And big! Wow. Another great piece from a great craftsman.

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

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#5 posted 06-19-2015 03:44 PM

My goodness! I am (once again!) in awe! You are a master among masters, Dennis! Wow! :)


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#6 posted 06-19-2015 03:45 PM

This is just perfect Dennis. The marquetry is wonderful and the carving and shaping of the base are arguably even better. The balance and visual appeal of the combination is …...... well, perfect.
It must give you a very good feeling to finally be able to see in the flesh what you have seen in your mind for so long.

Great journey, and an amazingly beautiful result. Congrats and thank you for taking us along.

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

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Patti Zongker

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#7 posted 06-19-2015 03:49 PM

Absolutely the most beautiful furniture piece I have ever seen~~ It is truly a work of art… Dennis you did an amazing job!

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

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#8 posted 06-19-2015 03:51 PM

I can only echo what has been said above as I can not put it in better words .
I enjoyed the blog and like to thank you for the insight of this amazing project .


-- Kiefer

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#9 posted 06-19-2015 04:57 PM

i would just multiply what everyone has said, and i was just like charlie, this was christmas in june, this is just gorgeous, a piece like this would be hard to let go of, maybe you have visiting rights….fantastic dennis, your one of my favorite artists on here, and i thank you for the blogs of this build, i wish i could have been there with you ..the table is fantastic by itself, the marquetry is a feat all on its own…a masterpiece….

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#10 posted 06-19-2015 05:16 PM

a true master dennis
everything you share with us
is a learning journey

well thought out
and the final is a true art piece

a work for the ages

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#11 posted 06-19-2015 05:27 PM

Really appreciate you taking us on the journey of making this. Was cool to see it develop. To be honest, I wasn’t too sure about the base design, but it looks terrific now that it’s finished. How did you stain and finish it? Would love to see some pictures of it in it’s final home (I’m a cigar nut also – so that kind of appeals to me!).

-- Gary in OP

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#12 posted 06-19-2015 05:55 PM

Outstanding design and workmanship…as always.

-- If I can do it, so can you.

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#13 posted 06-19-2015 06:11 PM

Well Dennis, it’s a knockout ! What a beautiful work of art. As others have said, thanks for sharing the process with us, it is inspiring to be sure. Now you can take a little well earned time off : )

-- Dave, Kansas City

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#14 posted 06-19-2015 06:16 PM


OMG and WOW! Inspiring work of a true master of wood.

I’m pretty sure you are glad to be done. And I’m thinking you miight say “I did that!” LOL

I’m sure you will have one happy customer.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#15 posted 06-19-2015 06:23 PM

Dennis, I’m never going to get over my self esteem issues if you keep posting such great works of art. Hating you more than ever…........ Oh hell, great work my friend. LOL

-- Dan Wiggins

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