Enliven Surfaces with Parquetry
Diamond and herringbone veneer patterns add pizzazz to furniture
Synopsis: Jazz up veneered panels with a diamond or herringbone pattern. This technique requires few tools and works with almost any veneer. Simply start with a stack of veneers in two contrasting colors, make a series of diagonal cuts to create strips with angled grain, then tape them together and cut again to create the diamonds. Craig Thibodeau explains the process step by step, then shows a similar technique to create a herringbone pattern.
While working on an entertainment cabinet decorated with hundreds of veneer diamonds, I needed a quick, accurate way to cut them. The technique I arrived at requires few tools and works with almost any veneer.
I start with a stack of veneers in two contrasting colors. Making a series of diagonal cuts, I create a set of parallel-sided strips with angled grain. I tape those strips together side by side, alternating dark and light. Then I…