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Chair Caning Supplies and Chair Seating Supplies

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Chair Caning Books and Booklets
Books and Booklets - Chair caning how-to books and booklets including chairs with holes, cane webbing, rush work, shaker tape and splint.
Cane Webbing

Cane Webbing - If your chair has a groove around the seat opening, then choose cane webbing to replace the seat.

Information for Ordering Cane Webbing and Reed Spline plus FREE Online instructions .

 
 
Chair Caning Tools
Caning Tools - Caning pegs, caning awl, caning chisel, caning needle, wedges, glue, tacks, nails, etc.
Chair Cane

Chair Cane by the Coil - Chair cane is used for chairs that have a series of holes around the seat opening. You may also buy chair cane by the foot Chair Cane by the Foot.

Information for Ordering Chair Cane.

 
 
Fiber Rush and Sea Grass

Fiber Rush and Sea Grass - Fiber rush, a tough twisted paper, is used for chairs with four rungs. Sea grass is used for chairs and for accent or rim fillers in your baskets.

Information for Ordering Fiber Rush and Sea Grass

Hickory Bark

Hickory Bark - Hickory Bark, a traditional chair seating material, is beautiful and long-lasting. Limited supply.

Free Online Instructions for using Hickory Bark in your chair.

 
 
Pressed Fiber Seating
Pressed Fiber Seating - Strong, bonded fiber with detailed (pressed) designs. May be cut with shears or a knife to fit your chair. Simply tack in place with upholstery nails.
Shaker Tape

Shaker Tape - Weave a chair in the classic tradition of the Shakers using Shaker Tape.

Information about Ordering Shaker Tape and FREE How-To-Instructions.

 
 
Flat Reed
Flat Reed - Flat reed is a good choice for an inexpensive chair bottom and may be used as a substitute for hickory bark in "Ladder Back" chairs.
Paper Splint for your chair seat
Weave Paper Splint into your ladderback-style and shaker-style chairs using the traditional twill pattern (chairs that have 4 rungs around the seat).

 


Cane Webbing - Cane Mesh from The Basket Maker's Catalog
Information
for Ordering Cane Webbing
and Reed Spline.

www.basketmakerscatalog.com

The links below will take you to our On-line store where you may place your order.

  • If your chair has a groove around the seat opening, then choose Cane Webbing for replacing the seat.
  • For open cane webbing measure from the center of one hole to the center of the next hole to determine the style of your old cane webbing.
  • Cane Webbing is available in different styles and widths and is sold by the running foot.

You will need the following:

Chair with groove around opening
Finished chair with cane webbing
Before
After

Chair with groove around the seat opening.

FREE Online Step-By-Step Photo Instructions for Cane Webbing

Pop Up Window - What size is my open cane webbing and how many feet do I need?

 

Cane Webbing is available in different styles and widths and is sold by the running foot. For open cane webbing measure from the center of one hole to the center of the next hole to determine the size. More information is available at the On-Line Store.
Superfine 3/8" Mesh  Fine 1/2" Cane Webbing Medium 5/8" Mesh
Medium Close Woven
Radio Weave
Superfine 3/8" Mesh
Fine 1/2" Mesh
Medium 5/8" Mesh
Medium Close Woven
Radio Weave
Spline, a specially shaped piece of reed, anchors the cane webbing into the seat's groove. Order enough length to fill the groove plus one additional foot. Sold by the foot.
Code
Description
Width of Groove in Chair Seat
Reed Spline
# 7 Spline
5/32"
# 7.5 Spline
11/64"
# 8 Spline
3/16"
# 9 Spline
7/32"
# 9.5 Spline
1/4"

Do you need your spline a certain length? After you place the spline in your cart, just use the handy "Special Instructions" button at the last checkout screen and let us know the lengths you need.

For example: You have 4 chairs and they will each take 6 feet of spline. That's a total of 24 feet. At the last checkout screen use the "Special Instructions" button and let us know that four - 6 foot pieces is what you would like.

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Chair Cane from The Basket Maker's Catalog
Chair Cane by the Coil
The links below will take you to our On-line store where you may place your order.
Pop Up Window - Calculate the amount of cane needed for your chair
Chair Cane

Chair Cane, the outer bark of the rattan palm vine, is used for chairs that have a series of holes around the seat opening.  Consult the chart below to determine the correct size Chair Cane for your chair.

 A 1000 ft. coil is enough material to seat 4 average-sized chairs.  The 250 ft. coil will seat 1 chair.  (Plus, the 250 ft. coil includes the Binder Cane.)

 You will need: Chair Cane, Binder Cane*, Caning Needle, and Caning Pegs.  See The Caner's Handbook for great 'how-to' chair seating information.

The photo to the right shows a before and after picture of a rocker which was refinished and hand caned by Doug McCoy and Beverly Walker.

Before and after picture of a hand caned rocker.
Code
1000 ft coil
Code
250 ft coil
(includes the Binder Cane)
Description
Cane Width
Hole Diameter
Distance Between Holes

4200P

  Carriage Fine

1.5 - 1.75mm

1/8"

3/8"

4201P

1101E
Superfine

2mm

1/8"

3/8"

4214P

1114E
Fine-Fine

2.25mm

3/16"

1/2"

4212P

1112E
Fine

2.5mm

7/32"

5/8"

4234P

1134E
Narrow-Medium

2.75mm

1/4"

11/16"

4230P

1130E
Medium

3mm

1/4"

3/4"

4235P

1135E
Common

3.5mm

5/16"

7/8"

4040P 500 foot coil
4mm Binder
4mm
   
4050P 500 foot coil
5mm Binder
5mm
   
4060P 500 foot coil
6mm Binder
6mm
   
Chair Cane may also be bought by the Foot

*Binder Cane is chair cane that covers the holes in the last step of the seven step caning method and it is usually 2 sizes larger than the cane with which the chair is woven. Order enough feet to cover the holes in your chair (usually 5-6 feet will be plenty). The 5mm and 6mm Binder Canes can also be used to bottom a ladder back chair or rocker.

The Weaver's Knot - The weaver's knot is used to join two pieces of material together when bottoming a chair with 5mm Binder Cane, 6mm Binder Cane or Hickory Bark.

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Shaker Tape

Shaker Tape
The links below will take you to our On-line store where you may place your order.

Weave a chair seat in the classic tradition of the Shakers using the Best Quality 100% Cotton Webbing available.

Easy to use and strong. Choose one color or combine colors for a contrasting "checkerboard" pattern.

Use the Shaker Tape Color Selector below or view the colors available at the On-Line store - click here for Shaker Tape Colors.

We recommend either "The Caner's Handbook" or "Chair Caning and Seat Weaving" for instructions.

Or....Print your own FREE Online Step-By-Step Instructions for Shaker Tape.

Also, Shaker Tape (1" wide by 3 yards long) is used for handles in the New England Tote Basket.

Blue chair with blue and white shaker tape seat
FREE Online Step-By-Step Instructions

Q. How do I know how many yards of Shaker Tape to order?
A. It's easy, let
the Shaker Tape Color Selector calculate the yardage for you.

Q. Can I preview the color combinations online?
A. Yes, just pick your colors and the Shaker Tape Color Selector will show you the color combinations.

  • See your color combinations on screen.
  • Try as many combinations as you like until you find the perfect colors for your Shaker Tape bottom.
  • The yardage will be automatically calculated for you.
  • Simply add the choices to your cart and checkout. It's that easy!
Shaker Tape Color Selector and Yardage Calculator
Shaker Tape Color Selector
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Fiber Rush Great for chair seating.  2 or more coils of this twisted brown paper required per chair.  Color - Kraft Brown.
  The links below will take you to our On-line store where you may place your order.
Item Number Description Image
R432P
4/32" Fiber Rush 4/32 inch fiber rush

R532P

5/32" Fiber Rush 5/32 inch fiber rush

R632P

6/32" Fiber Rush 6/32 inch fiber rush

RT65P

Tacks (24/ pkg.) Tacks for fiber rush

Sea Grass 3 Lbs. Coil

Sea Grass#3 Sea Grass

Use Sea Grass for chair seats and for accent stripes or rim fillers in your baskets. Approximately 3 lbs. will weave an average chair seat. See On-Line store for prices.

Item Number Description Lbs / Coil Approximately. Diameter

4010E

#00 Baby Sea Grass
1 lb.

1.5mm

4000E

#0 Sea Grass
1 lb.

2mm

4071E

#1 Sea Grass
3 lb.

3.5mm

4073E

#3 Sea Grass
3 lb.

5mm

4114E
Braided Sea Grass 1/4 inch width
65 ft. bundle
 
4158E
Braided Sea Grass 5/8 inch width
16 to 20 feet per coil
 

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