Small End-table with Decorative Inlay

My youngest son (Brian) likes making intricate furniture as much, if not more than, the larger projects we do. He recently created an end table w/ a small inlay for us and we took a few pics of the various stages of production. This work is historically referred to as marquetry.
Like all design work, it starts with a drawing

11 1024x768 Small End table with Decorative Inlaythen he created his bird from 1/8th inch maple
2 1024x768 Small End table with Decorative Inlaythen he used the bird cut out to mark exactly the size and shape of the area to be removed on the table top
3 1024x768 Small End table with Decorative Inlaythe router is used to create the inset area
4 1024x768 Small End table with Decorative Inlayhe made the bird’s beak from a naturally red-colored wood called Paduak
5 1024x768 Small End table with Decorative Inlayinlay prior to finish coat
6 1024x768 Small End table with Decorative Inlayhere is a detail of the drawer within the skirt
71 1024x768 Small End table with Decorative Inlayhand-rubbed oil finished with a urethane top coat
8 1024x768 Small End table with Decorative InlayI began to think of how great one of these inlays would look as a small ‘signature’ on one of the doors or drawer fronts in a kitchen or entertainment unit. A rosette made from a contrasting wood could also make a piece richer
this is a pair of doors I made many years ago for a client using what is known as marquetry inlay banding.
0307121754 1024x768 Small End table with Decorative InlayIt seems that the possibilities for cabinet and furniture makers are endless

Russell Hudson / Hudson Cabinetmaking, Inc.

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