In these two videos Dave Heller, furniture maker extraordinaire, shares an introduction to wood veneering and wood inlay for furniture making.
What is veneering and inlay? They are traditional methods used to embellish and beautify furniture. Veneering is the process of gluing thin slices of attractive (and often rare) wood onto core panels. Inlay involves insetting wood, precious stones, etc. into the wood. Here’s a prime example of one of Dave’s boxes that incorporates both techniques:
Here is an example of a chess board that Dave made that also incorporates both methods, and which he uses to teach students both wood veneering and wood inlay:
The chess board squares are pieces of veneer, and the inlay includes black & white wood banding and also round mother of pearl stones.
Dave and I have created a class where he will teach both veneering and inlay, while building this chess board. It’s called “Introduction to Veneering and Wood Inlay with Dave Heller“, and is now officially added to the 2019 class schedule. You can click here to see more details about this class, and click here to view all of our 2019 traditional woodworking classes.
Here are a few more incredible pieces of Dave’s furniture that incorporate inlaying and veneering: