Garrett Hack takes a modern approach to a classic inlay form, the quarter-circle fan. This is a motif used frequently on 18th-century Federal furniture, but it can appear bright and modern when used in nontraditional ways. Hack's method is efficient and ensures uniformity. Instead of the traditional method of cutting and insetting each thin piece of veneer individually, Hack cuts and assembles fan rays in bunches, creates a thick "sandwich," slices off the individual fans, and glues them into a recess. This article also includes design ideas for using fans and stringing to add spark to your furniture.

From Fine Woodworking #204