Give Legs a Kick with Dazzling Inlay
A figured panel with border adds interest, and it's fun to do
Synopsis: Add spark to your furniture designs with inlaid panels. By adding a simple rectangular panel of crotched wood surrounded by a contrasting dot-and-dash border at the top of the legs, Garrett Hack elevates a table from functional to fabulous. Here, he gives tips on locating the panel and choosing the material, how to make it pop, and a step-by-step guide to cutting the recess and putting the inlay together.
From Fine Woodworking #207
Learning to design furniture means building your own visual vocabulary. You can glean these tidbits from nature and your surroundings, but also by studying furniture of the past. I love details in furniture, and I enjoy seeing how past designers used small details to draw a viewer’s eye around a piece. The exuberance of inlay on many Federal-style pieces always caught my eye, especially the inlaid panels at the tops of legs or prominent on front aprons.