"Santa Claus" Cookies and Milk Cabinet

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Project by Dennis Zongker posted 12-23-2009 06:07 PM 3941 views 6 times favorited 41 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this for my Daughter Justine, for her children for Christmas. This is a good way for Santa Claus to get his cookies and milk safely so that the dog and cat won’t get to them first.

The over all size is 35” Tall x 15” deep x 16” wide. The spindles and Santa’s frame are out of Bloodwood and Hard Maple. The box is out of Maple. The Marquetry of Santa Claus woods are, Holly, Maple, Black Ebony, Bloodwood, American Black Walnut, Ash, Quilted Maple.

Thanks for looking, And Have a Very Merry Christmas!!!

-- Dennis Zongker

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#1 posted 12-23-2009 06:13 PM

Its Beautiful! Im sure you have the milk refridgerated to 42 degrees exactly as the big man likes it?

-- --------tim bowman--------

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#2 posted 12-23-2009 06:14 PM

That is the best looking milk and cookie safe I’ve ever seen!
Sweet Dennis.

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#3 posted 12-23-2009 06:14 PM

So cute!!!! The legs are really cool.

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#4 posted 12-23-2009 06:22 PM

WOW! How very cool! Your daughter is so fortunate to have such a talented and thoughtful Dad! So, who bakes the cookies??? What flavor?

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#5 posted 12-23-2009 06:23 PM

Hey Dennis, me and you are half alike. You got a great imagination,and Talent. I got one of those. L.O.L. You never stop amazing me. Thanks for the idea,,,,, now if I can just find someone to make it,,,,,,,,

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#6 posted 12-23-2009 06:23 PM

what a great build , dennis .

sure to make santa make a special visit every year !

have a great holidays .

-- 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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#7 posted 12-23-2009 06:34 PM

Very nice and a great idea for a project I never imagined. We wouldn’t need it to keep cookies safe from a cat but maybe safe from a grandpa.

-- ~Just A Guy With A Hammer~

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#8 posted 12-23-2009 06:46 PM

Beautiful work as always, Dennis.

I do have a suggestion though: This is much to pretty to pack away every year until Christmas time, so I think you should make a generic door for it as well. That way it could be enjoyed all year round as a beautiful piece of furniture. Then when it ’s time to decorate for Christmas, the plain door comes off and the Santa door goes on.

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

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#9 posted 12-23-2009 06:50 PM

Wow again Dennis, just a beautiful job and superb design as usual. You keep raising the bar….....

“Santa” is going to very impressed and pleased when he gets his cookies and milk.
Who knows, he might even leave you a present because you’ve been so good !

Keep up the good work, I hope one day I will attain the level of craftsmanship that you have !

-- Gene, Majestic Eagle Woodworks,,

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#10 posted 12-23-2009 06:58 PM

Very well done! The woods are fantastic as well as the design. Beautiful job.

-- Brad, Oregon- The things that come to those who wait, may be the things left by those who got there first.

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#11 posted 12-23-2009 07:04 PM

Dennis ~~~ You did an outstanding job on your Cookie Cabinet~~~ this is something that would be passed down to your grand children and continue as a heirloom of fine craftsmanship you should be very proud of and your daughter is a very lucky lady. You are a wonderful father to think of this for her ~~~ everything you make is breath taking. I am very impressed. Merry Christmas to you and your family!

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

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#12 posted 12-23-2009 07:06 PM

Great Job Dennis ! I’m amazed as always by your work .
I think when Santa arrives at your house that cookies cabinet will put a smile on his face.

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

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#13 posted 12-23-2009 07:12 PM

this is BEAUTIFUL .. what a wonderful idea, magnificent design—the colours !!!! WOW.. and Santa—fantastic.

I think your name went to the top of the “good kids” list.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#14 posted 12-23-2009 07:17 PM

a true one of a kind interesting design and fantastic marquetry. wonderful piece.


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#15 posted 12-23-2009 07:32 PM

Well Dennis, you are probably tired of hearing how wonderful your work is, but it just is. This piece is extra special though because of the thought behind it. When that cabinet comes out, the kids will have another reminder that Christmas is near and so is Santa! This cabinet will be cherished by your grandkids as they grow up and I’m sure several generations will be enjoying it. Well done Grandpa!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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