Stringing Demonstrations on our Cabinetmaking Courses

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Stringing Demonstrations on our Cabinetmaking Courses

Yesterday, our tutor Jim, demonstrated the techniques of adding stringing to a project. They are fine strips of wood used to divide areas of veneer or where the grain direction changes,y providing light or dark line.

As well as being a good way to define changes in material, stringing can also be used to emphasise a shape, highlight details of a furniture’s design or delineate between something like a table top and its edging.

Jim’s demonstrations covered all aspects of stringing, inlay and bandings, and he outlined the tools used to excavate the clean channels required for accurate inlay. Amongst many other techniques and methods, the students learnt handy tips, like making cross grooves using a small section of stringing to support the sides of a channel, when cutting across in the other direction.

Stringing, inlay and bandings were popular decorative methods used in period furniture to make furniture designs stand out from the crowd. However, stringing isn’t a thing of the past, it is equally at home in modern furniture. Our students do often incorporate stringing, inlay and banding into their designs. This week, Wilma has been using hand skills and power tools to create stringing channels in her Walnut desk top.

Any intermediate-level furniture maker can tackle basic stringing. If you are interested in learning more about stringing, inlay, veneering and marquetry techniques, we have one place left on our four day tray making taster course running from the Tue 12th to Fri 15th December 2017.  In addition to learning veneering, inlay, marquetry and stringing, the taster course covers:

-  mitre lippings

-  shootin butt joints on veneer

-  routering flat and curved groove for the inlay

-  laminating handles

To enquire about this course - or other short woodworking courses - please call the office on 01984 667555 or e.mail