Applied Fretwork Adds Color and Texture
Use this innovative technique to draw attention to overlooked spaces
Synopsis: One way to add color and texture to a plain surface is to cut fretwork-like patterns in veneer and apply them. This technique adds texture, contrast, depth and shadow, but doesn’t make the part much thicker. Timothy Coleman provides a step-by-step guide to making the fretwork, assembling the veneers and gluing them together, trimming everything flush, and applying finish.
I am fascinated with patterns. I see them everywhere—in nature, on fabrics, on buildings, on playing cards—and I am always looking for ways to use them in my furniture to create surfaces that have depth and texture. One way I achieve this is to use my scrollsaw to cut fretwork-like patterns in veneer and apply them to table aprons. This technique produces a surprising amount of depth and shadow using a minimal amount of thickness. I also use a contrasting wood underneath, adding even more interest and flair.