For this two sided buffet it was a team effort to complete. The Buffet is made out of Genuine Mahogany and Walnut hardwoods and walnut burl veneer. Both sides are a mirror image of each other. The unit size is 42” high x 36” deep x 80” Long. Each Elliptical panel carving took me 32 hours, a total of 256 hours.
My brother Dan designed the Buffet, I designed the carvings and engineered the blue prints. Then I routed out the elliptical panels and carved the oak leaf and acorns also the eight medallions and worked on the corbels. My Son Eric Zongker turned on the lathe the eight bun feet. Mike Irvin who has been a craftsman here at Zongkers for over ten years. Mike made the unit, doors, side panels, and top edges. Also Curt Star made the drawers and worked on the corbels, Curt has been with us for over 17 years.
For finishing the buffet my son Eric and I finished sanded, conditioned, toned, and stained and finished the piece. It was a very tough color to achieve. It seems like dark colors are always complicated.
-- Dennis Zongker