Basic Stringing TechniquesA period furniture master demonstrates simple inlay techniques that yields stunning stringing in part one of our three-part series
Decorative stringing is just one of the details that make period furniture stand out from the crowd. The delicate, whimsical lines that adorn fine crafted furniture crafted date back to America’s infancy and have been copied by furniture makers ever since. With the right tools, and a bit of patience however, any intermediate-level furniture maker can tackle basic stringing.
|Stringing Spans the Decades
Don’t be fooled into thinking stringing is a thing of the past, however. Stringing techniques are equally at home with more modern furniture as well. Be sure to follow this entire series for a demonstration of how furniture maker Steve Latta creates a streamlined butterfly motif that lends itself to more modern aesthetics.
Basic Stringing Techniques: Steve Latta outlines the tools required to excavate the crisp, clean channels required for accurate inlay work before demonstrating his techniques for cutting and thicknessing delicate stringing.
|2||Advanced Stringing Techniques—Part I
Steve Latta outlines the tools required to excavate the crisp, clean channels required for accurate inlay work before demonstrating his techniques for cutting and thicknessing delicate stringing.
|3||Advanced Stringing Techniques—Part II
Steve Latta completes his butterfly inlay by framing it within two concentric circles before capping things off with a series of plugs that mimic the insect’s head.
Sources of Supply: Veneer: Berkshire Veneer, Foot Pedal: Peachtree Woodworking Supply, Endmills: Drill Technology, Monoject Syringe: Amazon, Dremel Base: Stewart-MacDonald
I watch or read everything Latta does. He knows magic! :)
Talk about a technique screaming out for a Shaper Origin...!
How can I keep the holly stringing nice and white through the dye and finishing phase? I like to use shellac and it causes the white holly to take on an orange color. How did the period furniture makers do this? I thought about doing all the channels and fitting the stringing, then take it out, block off the channels with a wood stripping during finishing, then install stringing after this. Easier way?.
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