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Cabinet Making Terms

Below is a short glossary of a few cabinet making terms we use in our descriptions:

Cock Beading
A small bead moulding applied to the edge of drawer fronts, done from the early Georgian period to the early 19th century.

Cross Banding
Banding is a decorative strip of veneer, usually bordering a drawer front, door panel or the top of a piece. When the banding is cut across the grain of the wood it is called cross banding.

Oak drawer front with cock beading and mahogany cross banding

Inlay
A method of decoration where various shapes, patterns and lines are cut into a piece of wood, and the cuts and grooves then filled with other materials such as different coloured woods, ivory and mother-of-pearl. Cross banding and stringing are particular forms of inlay. Having an inlaid piece of furniture was a symbol of wealth, and all inlays would have been charged for as an extra.

Centre panel of oak tridarn, inlaid with holly and bog oak

Joined (or Joint) Construction
Construction using mortice-and-tenon joints normally secured by pegs or dowels, without glue. Mortice-and-tenon is where one piece of wood has a cavity, or mortice, cut-out of it to receive a projection, or tenon, from another piece.

Marquetry
An inlay of various woods, or materials such as boxwood, tulipwood and ivory, where floral patterns and arabesques are cut into a veneer. The veneer and inlaid pattern then form one thin sheet which is applied to a solid surface.

Marquetry on rosewood veneer

Stringing
An inlay of very thin strips of coloured wood; often satinwood, boxwood or ebony.

Mahogany with satinwood stringing