Below is a short glossary of a few cabinet making terms we use in our descriptions:
A small bead moulding applied to the edge of drawer fronts, done from the early Georgian period to the early 19th century.
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
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.
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
An inlay of very thin strips of coloured wood; often satinwood, boxwood or ebony.
Mahogany with satinwood stringing