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Oak Leaf Theme, Dining Table

Listing #4688   Listed on: 11/25/2015

Company Name: Zongkers Custom Woods

Contact Name:   Dennis Zongker
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.

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Viewer Comments:

Posted By: Minnesota Fats     [11/25/2015]
That looks quite sturdy.

Posted By: Ken Havinga     [11/25/2015]
Dennis, this is incredible! Your workmanship is of the highest order! Can't wait to see the chairs....

Posted By: DennisZongker     [12/01/2015]
Thank you fellow woodworkers, for your complements!!! It truly is inspiring.

Posted By: Kilgore Trout     [12/03/2015]
I hope that table is yours. Otherwise, your labor would take it over $150K coming out of our shop, then the materials. Even at low boy shop wages, no overhead, no other costs, it will be $50K.

While it is exceptional work, I just don't understand how you can survive, unless you are getting that top dollar for something like this. Granted, it is not my business.....

Posted By: Dennis Zongker     [12/03/2015]
Thank you, Kilgore Trout, for you concern on how much money I made on this table.
This table I made for a billionaire and he had no problem paying me, it was more than your price of $150K. So I guess I doing ok, Can I ask why does it bother you so much that I can make a good living making this kind of furniture? Do you make furniture like this?

Posted By: Kilgore Trout     [12/04/2015]
Let me repeat - Exceptional work. If you are getting top dollar for your work, then you get a second Bravo! It is gratifying to know that there is work like this being done, and that those doing it are getting paid well for it - as they should.

Too often we see eager practitioners doing great work but at starvation wages. This is not good for them as individuals or shop owners, and not good for the craft.

Again, let me say this is exceptional work and especially good that you can sell it at the right price. This good for all of us.

Posted By: JimD     [12/04/2015]
I've seen many of your projects on here, but this is by far the best. The workmanship , as always, is masterful, but the depth of field you've achieved in the marquetry is unbelievable. Those leaves and the eagle look three dimensional.

Posted By: DWM     [12/04/2015]
That is amazing work and it takes amazing patience and will. To become a professional at anything you need 1000s of hrs of practice. I think you have arrived. Your type of quality is what I aspire to do. I will keep plugging away at my hobby job craft. Hopefully I can spend more time on it when I retire from my regular job.

Posted By: Dennis Zongker     [12/04/2015]
Thank you JimD & DWM, for your kind words, it means a lot to me! Thank you.

Posted By: Johnny     [01/12/2016]
Thanks Dennis, For sharing your work along with the details. I start at the stump and don't get any where near your destination . That proper renumeration takes place should inspire all of us to do better ,for ourselves and the planet. The forest can save us all.But the money has to figure that out.Thanks again for sharing your fantastic work.

Posted By: Dennis Zongker     [01/13/2016]
Thank you Johnny, it's great to hear from you!

Posted By: Shawn Fender     [04/22/2016]
I always find my way back to look at your projects. You consistently do some of the most beautiful work I've ever seen.
In a production world, true craftsmanship is a rare thing. If I end up with a portion of your talent, I'll be a happy man.
Great work as always. Thanks for sharing and inspiring.

Posted By: DWM     [04/27/2016]
Dennis, I am curious how you did the marquetry. Was it all done on thin veneer sheet and then the sheet glued to the substrate (mohogany?) or is there some inlayed into the substrate directly?

Posted By: Trevor T     [01/12/2017]
Dennis, all I can say is WOW. This is awe inspiring, perfectly executed. Thank you for sharing.

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