In this video Dave Heller 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:

Curved veneered box with bird's eye maple by Dave Heller

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:

Dave Heller holding a veneered chess board with mother of pearl 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 Heller holding a veneered chess board with mother of pearl inlay

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.

Dave Heller holding two veneered and inlaid chess boards

Here are a few more incredible pieces of Dave’s furniture that incorporate inlaying and veneering:

Dave Heller wall cupboard inlay flowers

Dave Heller art nouveau wall cupboard in figured maple and walnut

Dave Heller art nouveau wall cupboard in figured maple and walnut

Dave Heller walnut inlay box Japan mountains

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