The "Cameo" Jewelry Box.

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Project by Dennis Zongker posted 09-28-2009 02:39 AM 9228 views 42 times favorited 59 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the second box for the how-to-do book I’m writing. “Stylish Boxes”

I had a six month delay because of my back. I’m so glad to be back to woodworking. I’m very excited to post this project. I hope that a few of you like this style. It was hard to come up with this design.

It’s based off the Cameo necklace, which first appeared around the time of Alexander the Great. This distinctive piece of jewelry has enjoyed popularity throughout classical times. the Renaissance, and the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

Cameo’s were mostly carved out of Stone, Lava, Shell, Glass, Plastics. This Cameo is cut out of veneer into marquetry.

The veneers for the Center Cameo are out of, Dark Maple Burl, Maple, Bloodwood, Light Maple Burl, Quilted Maple,

The veneers for the box are out of, Chessnut Burl, Bloodwood, & Black Ebony.

I really tried to make this one simple. At first when designing this box I really thought it was simple. But, when making it, it had some difficult challenges. Thank you for looking.


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Close up, 1” away from the Cameo Marquetry


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-- Dennis Zongker

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#1 posted 09-28-2009 02:47 AM

beautiful work I,m glad you are back at work too

-- jim nevada

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Douglas Bordner

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#2 posted 09-28-2009 02:50 AM

Masterful, as usual!

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

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#3 posted 09-28-2009 02:52 AM

Wow, this box is beautiful. One of these days I’ll have the skill to build a box as beautiful as this. You did an amazing job. Thanks for sharing and welcome back to the world of woodworking

-- ~ Inspiring those who inspire me ~

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#4 posted 09-28-2009 02:54 AM

Amazing work. There are a lot of details I would like to know about. Looking forward to reading the book, keep us posted.

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#5 posted 09-28-2009 02:55 AM

Wow! You’ve done it again, Dennis! Very, very fine Work!!

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

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#6 posted 09-28-2009 02:55 AM

Hi Dennis

What can i say absolutely superb, i how do you turn them out so quickly and of such quality, when will your book be available? question have you managed to consider my email requesting advice?


-- Bill,Bonnie Scotland

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#7 posted 09-28-2009 02:56 AM

Nice. How do you do that?

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#8 posted 09-28-2009 02:56 AM

Dennis: Wow what a beautiful piece of craftsmanship. An artist masquerading as a woodworker.

-- 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 09-28-2009 02:58 AM

Dennis you did an amazing job on the Cameo box…. it is beautiful in so many ways… the choice of wood the intricacy and the excellent craftsmanship ~~~ it is very breathtaking

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

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#10 posted 09-28-2009 03:05 AM

Grace and beauty! Super fabulous!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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

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#11 posted 09-28-2009 03:08 AM

You just made yourself a sale for the new book. Fantastic work, as always!

Woodworking and cleavage…what more could a man ask for? :-)

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

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#12 posted 09-28-2009 03:10 AM

Wow Dennis this is outstanding!!

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

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#13 posted 09-28-2009 03:26 AM

You Sir are a master! Nicely done! I’m looking forward to your book.

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

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#14 posted 09-28-2009 03:49 AM

That is truly a beautiful box. Count me as another customer for your book.

-- Dale Manning, Carthage, NY

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#15 posted 09-28-2009 03:57 AM

Wow Dennis this is excellent and this is you simple version what would happen if you tried to make it complicated.


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