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Decorative stringing is just one of the details that make period furniture stand out from the crowd. The delicate, whimsical lines that adorn fine crafted furniture crafted date back to America’s infancy and have been copied by furniture makers ever since. With the right tools, and a bit of patience however, any intermediate-level furniture maker can tackle basic stringing.
Don’t be fooled into thinking stringing is a thing of the past, however. Stringing techniques are equally at home with more modern furniture as well. Be sure to follow this entire series for a demonstration of how furniture maker Steve Latta creates a streamlined butterfly motif that lends itself to more modern aesthetics.
Sources of Supply: Veneer: Berkshire Veneer, Foot Pedal: Peachtree Woodworking Supply, Endmills: Drill Technology, Monoject Syringe: Amazon, Dremel Base: Stewart-MacDonald
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When doing curved stringing, I lightly clamp a Teflon-coated curling iron in my vise and use it to bend the strings before gluing them into place. The curling iron works…
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