"Marquetry," Working on Color & Design.

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Project by Dennis Zongker posted 05-17-2009 09:28 PM 4090 views 3 times favorited 29 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve been a little down on my luck lately. I broke my foot playing basketball. Then while being on crutches, I pinch a sciatica nerve in my back. So I can’t sit or stand. I can still use my lab top computer. Talk about going crazy, not being able to work on my next box.

A couple of weeks ago I was practicing some marquetry, working out the layout of the veneer packet and the color scheme. I still have a long ways to go, but I thought this would help break the boredom I’m going though right now. I sure am glad lumberjocks is here. At least I can look at all the great looking projects, and dream about woodworking.

-- Dennis Zongker

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#1 posted 05-17-2009 09:39 PM

Hey Dennis
I hope things go better for you. good design


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#2 posted 05-17-2009 09:41 PM

I have to say you got some tallent there when it comes to marquetry

-- A. Molloy

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#3 posted 05-17-2009 09:47 PM

Great desing Dennis, I like the wood combination in number 4 myself the best.
Wow, what a bummer…........... take care of yourself and don’t push it. I now that is hard to do but you’ll be back in the shop in no time, creating your wonderful masterpieces as usual.

Take care and thanks for posting…........... can’t wait to see the finished product.

-- Gene, Majestic Eagle Woodworks,,

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Dan'um Style

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#4 posted 05-17-2009 09:47 PM

very precise work … how large are these pieces ? what thickness of materials ? what methods did you use ?

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#5 posted 05-17-2009 10:12 PM

Great work! its hard for me to pick which one I like best !!

Dennis can you write up a short blog on how you go about doing your marquetry work ?

Hope you get well soon!!

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

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#6 posted 05-17-2009 10:17 PM

Dennis, I’m sorry to hear about your accident. I know back pain can be very debilitating. It looks like you’re making the most of your time though. Your “practice” looks great. I hope & pray you heal quickly. You’re a great inspriation to a lot of us.

Take Care.

-- Martin, Kansas

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#7 posted 05-17-2009 10:34 PM

Hey Dennis;


Great looking piece!

Sorry to hear about you having a run of bad luck. Maybe you should hand up your sneakers. LOL


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#8 posted 05-17-2009 10:35 PM

My thought goes with you as well Dennis. I have had a bad back off and on most of my adult life. This last year it kept me awake at night.
I think I tried everything over the counter and even had thoughts of going in for a catscan or the like.
All of a sudden last month it has almost come back to normal and only after prolonged standing or lifting does it bother me.
I wish the same for you or better.
That marquetry is way beyond my abilites . I wish we were neighbours so I could watch you work.


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

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#9 posted 05-17-2009 10:36 PM

I like the cleavage ;)

Very nice job

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#10 posted 05-17-2009 10:43 PM

Very nice layouts… I do know what it is to be layed up.. I’ve had 10 surguries on my leg in the last 4-5 years…. I do wish you luck in getting well soon…. Keep your spirits up…



-- Happy and safe woodworking, [email protected]

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#11 posted 05-17-2009 10:50 PM

We hope you get well soon, sorry to hear about it.

Your marquetry is beautiful.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#12 posted 05-17-2009 11:13 PM

Godspeed on your return to full functioning. I’m glad your artistic nature can’t be held in abeyance. Call me if you need any lifting, etc.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over two decades.

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#13 posted 05-17-2009 11:32 PM

Hey buddy – I wrote you a couple of times, and I’m glad to hear your back on the wood work. Great looking pieces, and you have a lot of people pulling and praying for you. Understand all to well the pain your in on your back, I like to thank that 16 year old who rear ended me back in 84 everyday. My best to you.

-- Dan Wiggins

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#14 posted 05-17-2009 11:59 PM

Very nice. Get well soon

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#15 posted 05-18-2009 12:24 AM

I wanted to thank everyone. You have really help lift my spirits. Fellow lumberjocks have helped inspire me in my woodworking & in friendship. And I think I will hang up the basketball shoes.

-- Dennis Zongker

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