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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