Surface Decoration - Fine Woodworking How-To

Surface Decoration

From decorative marquetry, to intricate stringing and banding, to highly figured veneered surfaces, there are a number of options for adding ornamentation to furniture.The basics: • Veneering to a core: All surface decoration techniques involve affixing
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