Our newest DVD, “Line & Berry String Inlay by Router,” is available and on the shelf at shopwoodworking.com. Don’t think of it as simply “step-by-step” instruction for just line & berry inlay. The techniques learned, such as how to develop patterns, how to set up your routers and a rock-solid simple method to size stringing, can be used time and again in your woodworking projects. Fancy inlay pieces that once looked out of reach are back in the queue after you learn how to pull the designs from photos.
Line & berry furniture, pieces made in the Chester County area near Philadelphia, have always caught my eye. When it was suggested that a Chester County chest be the project for a class I was teaching at The Acanthus Workshop, I immediately accepted. However, I wanted to come at the inlay differently from the standard “scratch it in” method adopted by others. I wanted to use a router to cut my designs into the drawer fronts.
Most woodworkers are visual. Tell us how to do it and we can struggle through. Show us how and we’ll get it in no time. As the chest was discussed for an article for Popular Woodworking Magazine, and my power-tool approach to decorative string inlay was described, it took only a minute for us to think DVD.
The article appeared in our December 2010 issue and the response has been strong. Download a digital copy here. A short video showing the chest got woodworking juices flowing, and the promise of a string inlay DVD convinced many woodworkers to get started with the project.
Below is a short clip of the DVD. (The clip is in web-optimized resolution; the DVD video quality is far better). Click here to get your copy.