How Much to

Measure the area to be recaned from groove to groove, front to back and side to side. Make the measurements from the outer lips of the grooves and add 2 inches to allow for wedging into the groove and trimming. Thus, if you are to cane a seat 18 inches by 18 inches, buy a piece of cane webbing 20 inches by 20 inches, minimum.

Buy a piece of reed splining when you buy the webbing, getting about 6 inches more than the running length of the groove on the chair. Grooves range from '/« to lA inch in width, depending on the maker and the size of the caned area. The reed splining is tapered to a wedge shape for tamping down into the groove. Specify the width of the groove when buying the spline.

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