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Rocking chair restoration/re-caning.

Discussion in 'The Antiquated' started by CJ 56 hemi, Dec 10, 2020.

  1. CJ 56 hemi
    Joined: Oct 25, 2011
    Posts: 107

    CJ 56 hemi
    from NJ

    Found in my father in laws house and it kind of spoke to me. When I removed the broken seat I discovered the caning and thought it would be cook to restore the caning. Any advise from other furniture folks would be helpful. I don’t want to strip it. Just keep the patina and stain the caning once installed. IMG_6878.JPG IMG_6882.JPG IMG_6883.JPG IMG_6884.JPG

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  2. treb11
    Joined: Jan 21, 2006
    Posts: 3,659


    Caning is very easy. Get pre-woven cane fro. Rocklers or a similar woodworking supply store. Also get the retaining spline. An instruction sheet is usually included. Ensure the groove is squeeky clean. Soak the cane and spline in water for several hours. Lay a piece of weave at least 1" all around larger than the spline groove. Keeping the weave square, drive the spline onto the groove to retain the mat. The process is very much like window screens.

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  3. 67drake
    Joined: Aug 8, 2008
    Posts: 135

    from Avoca WI

    My wife used to cane chairs. She said she doesn’t have the hand strength anymore unfortunately.

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