Making a Herringbone Pattern with Mouldings
5 October 2017 Projects & renovation
At Boulanger, we dare using colours and patterns! With the strong herringbone design trend, we created a unique table top, composed of an assembly of mixed-colour mouldings.
The key to making a herringbone pattern is symmetry. This ornamental pattern consists, in a way, of a mirror effect of rectangular shapes. Therefore, it is easily reproduced by using contemporary mouldings that have square profiles.
Here’s how to make this tabletop in a few steps:
- Draw a sketch to determine the approximate positioning of each colour.
- Choose the moulding to make your herringbone pattern. We chose a contemporary framing of the PURE Collection. Model 801253 with a 3-1/2 inch width and rounded edges allowed us to obtain a symmetrical relief and accentuate the joints between the pieces. Here, the wooden inserts are made from a pine edge-glued Brico Pano.
- Determine the size and number of pieces required.
- Make 45-degree angle cuts, keeping in mind that your herringbone pattern will produce a mirror effect.
- Draw a line lengthwise in the middle of your tabletop, and arrange your pieces to visualize colour placement.
- Proceed with painting.
- Nail and glue each piece. Retouch damaged areas with paint as needed.
- To protect the surface and facilitate its use, you could add a plexiglass or a custom-cut glass surface.
Although the idea was to make a unique work surface, it could very well serve as a headboard or a wall decoration piece! This is a work of art in itself!
The colonial-style mouldings could create a different and very interesting look on this panel. Playing with a variety of moulding profiles and widths will allow you to create unique and customized assemblies.