Oak Leaves and Acorns, Dining Table

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Project by Dennis Zongker posted 11-25-2015 02:58 PM 5095 views 20 times favorited 67 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The theme of this dining table is based on the fall season with oak leaves and acorns. The table size is 31” tall x 51” wide x 93”long. Designing and making this table took me a little over 1,800 hours, which is the most time I have ever spent on one piece of furniture. This piece was very enjoyable to make there were times where I felt like I was never going to get done. This table really has some blood, sweat and tears involved in making and completing.

The marquetry on the top and aprons have a total of 1,667 different pieces of veneer with 16 different kinds of domestic and exotic veneers. The legs and trim are all made out of Genuine Mahogany.

Now I am off to making the eight oak theme dining chairs which has a ton of carving, which I am really looking forward to.

-- Dennis Zongker

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#1 posted 11-25-2015 03:14 PM

Love the new photos of this table Dennis. Words kind of fail me, because it really is a spectacular piece. Would love to know a few things about it: How did you finish it? The depth and richness of mahogany and walnuts all seem to blend together really well color wise. Did you stain various elements?
As for the time you spent on this – that leaves me wondering about your client and the obvious cost of a piece with this much time spent on it. I hope you charged the client through the nose!
Thanks so much for sharing your work here – it’s inspiring me to get back to doing more marquetry again.

-- Gary in OP

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#2 posted 11-25-2015 03:20 PM

Holy smokes! that is stunning.

-- Im so impressed with what people can do, and I wonder how they do it. Thats what keeps me doing it.

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#3 posted 11-25-2015 03:28 PM

Lovely, lovely work. Really shows off your magnificent craftsmanship and design. Kudos and compliments.

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

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#4 posted 11-25-2015 03:36 PM

an heirloom for the ages dennis

you are among the masters of the ages

exceptional work

congratulations !

-- 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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#5 posted 11-25-2015 03:36 PM

Awesome! In 100 years that will be on Antiques Roadshow worth 100 jillion dollars. I could look at that all day and keep seeing something new.

-- there's someone in my head but it's not me...

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#6 posted 11-25-2015 03:38 PM

That is one stunning table! I love the marquetry and carving.

-- "I love it when a plan comes together" John "Hannibal" Smith

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#7 posted 11-25-2015 03:48 PM

Wow what an amazing table. you are truly a Master of the craft of woodworking….stunning work.

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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#8 posted 11-25-2015 03:48 PM

Absolutely amazing! I always look forward to your finished projects, they are simply stunning.

-- --Zach

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#9 posted 11-25-2015 03:49 PM

A beautiful dining table Dennis it is so breathtaking to see in person. All your dedication and hard work shows I am so proud of you

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

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#10 posted 11-25-2015 04:27 PM

BRAVO! I am humbled to see such work, I may one day find the patience to carve, but I doubt I could ever execute such masterful marquetry!

-- I've decided 1 mistake is really 2 opportunities to learn.. learn how to fix it... and learn how to not repeat it

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#11 posted 11-25-2015 04:33 PM

hey dennis, how are your knees buddy, now as to this table, it is beyond magnificent, the marquetry is over the top, i would sit at this table all day, so i would become really fat, just keep bringing some food, as i dont want to leave the table, gosh almighty, i wish i could see the look on the buyers face..dennis you are one of the very best …all of your skill in this is just amazing, yes if i was healthy, i would set up my tent and beg to be an apprentice….but im not so i shall admire from home, thanks for sharing this with us, is there any chance of some pictures in its new home….congrats dennis, you are wonderful…

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

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#12 posted 11-25-2015 04:34 PM

oh and i wanted to know about the chairs , are they next to come or what.

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

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#13 posted 11-25-2015 04:43 PM

Oh my gosh!!! that is a truly amazing piece of work. It should be in a museum!

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#14 posted 11-25-2015 04:44 PM

Dennis that is truly stunning.

-- Ed Port Republic

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#15 posted 11-25-2015 04:47 PM

Dennis, I’m blown away ! What a stunning masterpiece ! You are truly a gifted artisan, not of just one, but several disciplines. It’s just amazing what you can do. Have a happy thanksgiving !

-- Dave, Kansas City

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