Cane Webbing Instructional Sheet

Cane Webbing

1. Soak webbing for 1 to 2 hours in hot water. Test flexibility and soak a bit longer if needed.

2. Remove old spline and cane from groove in chair with caning chisel (or any small chisel).

3. From the extra 12" length of spline you ordered, cut 4 pieces 3" long.

4. Stretch the webbing across the seat opening and center it over the opening. Gently push some of the webbing into the groove and hold in place with a 3" piece of spline. Do this on the front and back. Remove strands of cane along the side grooves and corners if those strands lay past the groove. Now put a 3" piece of spline into the groove on each side. Your webbing should now be stretched across the opening and held in place with the bits of spline. Caning wedges may be used as well.

5. NOW - gently push the webbing into the groove around your chair. The webbing should be all the way in the groove, across the bottom of the groove, and sticking up on the outside edge of the groove. Use the top half of a wooden clothespin to push the webbing into the groove.

6. With a straight chisel or razor knife, cut the webbing just below the top of the groove on the outside edge. The webbing should now be all the way in the groove, across the bottom of the groove, bending up the outside edge and cut just below the top of the groove.

7. If your spline is brittle, soak your spline. Remove the 3" long pieces of spline from your chair.

8. Put Elmer's Glue-All into the groove.

9. Put the spline into the groove. You may need to use a hammer to get your spline in position. Place a board on your spline and tap the board not the spline. Cut the spline so the ends meet.

10. Wipe away any excess glue with a damp cloth. Allow seat to dry thoroughly.

Finished Cane Seat

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