Stringing and Banding Made Easy
Low-tech tools deliver high-style results
Synopsis: Dan Faia explains how simple tools and methods can help you embellish your furniture with stringing and banding. Its less difficult than it appears, and he shows why and how you can achieve good results. One trick he shares, among multiple keys to success, is how using an ordinary pasta maker can cut veneer easily and neatly. He demonstrates the intricate work that lends flair to otherwise ordinary furniture.
From Fine Woodworking #166
As woodworkers, we often look for ways to embellish. An easy way to accomplish this is the use of stringing and banding. Stringing can accent a tapered leg or highlight a tabletop. Banding can add colors and patterns for a rich look. These decorative details add an extra touch that makes a simple piece a striking one. In fact,they are most of what separates Federal furniture from Shaker-style pieces.
The table featured here (built by John Louchheim) has stringing and banding on the legs and aprons. As is the custom with Federal furniture, the apron banding continues across the legs, and stringing rectangles in the upper legs reflect the lines of both the legs and the aprons. This ornamentation is placed only on the most visible surfaces; for example, the banding at the bottom of each leg does not continue around the back, and the stringing rectangles are placed only on the front faces o fthe front legs.
The beauty of stringing and banding is that installation is less difficult than it appears. There are some simple tricks for making stringing, assembling the banding, and installing both types of inlay, and masking tape is theo nly clamp you will need.I inlay the stringing first and then cut cleanly across it to install the banding. At this point the table has only been dry-fitted.To inlay stringing and…