An onlay is a decorative piece that is carved or cut and then attached to a surface. Typically featured on furniture, cabinets, and molding, onlays serve as a quick way to add a decorative element to a wooden surface. By using an onlay, woodworkers or cabinetmakers can create intricate designs without risking damage to the piece they are working on. Unlike inlays, which require hand carving and come with a high risk of breakage, onlays can be carved using a greater variety of tools. Popular onlay designs include rosettes and shell designs, and they can be created to match the wood and finish of the surrounding area. Onlays come in several sizes, making it easy for homeowners to add decorative elements to furniture or cabinets after they have been completed.