Fine lines of contrasting woods add an elegant touch to furniture
Synopsis: Garrett Hack says that applying string inlay is one of those techniques that looks more difficult than it really is. There are three main steps: cutting the groove, making the inlay, and fitting the string to the groove. He likes working with string that is 1/16 in. wide or narrower and 3/32 in. deep; it’s delicate in appearance, yet strong enough that it won’t be missed. Hack uses simple shop-made hand tools to cut the groove, and offers tips and information on the tools needed to cut straight and curved grooves. Black or white inlays hold color better, and he details what materials he uses. Then he explains how to fit the string to the groove. He also explains how to end inlay, or have it terminate into a cuff inlay.
Early American furnituremakers used string inlay for much the same reason they used moldings—to outline and highlight parts…