Step Installing The Webbing

Lay the moist webbing over the opening. Center it carefully and align it with the guide string you placed in the chair seat to be sure the hole lines run straight from back to front.

Now use the hardwood wedges to drive the webbing down into the groove. Begin by driving the first wedge into the groove at the center of the back rail. Work carefully so as not to tear the webbing apart. Now go to the front rail. Stretch the webbing across the opening so that it has a slight sag. This sag will be taken up as you wedge the webbing and also as the webbing dries out. Drive a wedge in the center of the front groove.

Continue by driving wedges in the center of each side, so that you then have four wedges holding the webbing in position. Visually check at this time to be sure the webbing is aligned and where you want it. This is your last chance to make corrections.

Now use another wedge and work your way around the groove, beginning at the center of the back, tamping the webbing down into the groove. When correctly tamped, the webbing should touch both sides and the bottom of the groove. Use as many holding wedges as you need to keep the webbing in the groove.

Keep the webbing moist as you work. Run a sponge soaked in the glycerine-and-water solution over strands frequently.

Note that you may have to shape the hardwood wedges to suite your work. The wedges you bought may be too thick for the groove if yours is narrow. Sand the wedges down to the size needed. Some caners make one larger wedge. 2 inches wide and 2 inches long, for working

The next step ¡s to lay a thin beaa ot glue in the groove just before you put the webbing in place on the seat
Place the webbing on the seat Sight through the holes to align it with the gusde string you placed under the seat. Your caning pegs can be helpful in positioning the webbing
Now move to the front and tap in a second wedge The webbing between these two wedges should sag just a little The sag will be taken up later as you work
Beginning next to the anchor wedge at the back, work your way around the groove, tamping [he webbing down into the groove. Always be sure the cane is tapped all the way in
To anchor the webbing, tap a hardwood wedge into the groove at the center of the back of the seat. Do this carefully so that the wedge doesn't tear the webbing Keep tapping until the wedge hits the bottom of the groove.
Complete the anchoring of the webbing by tapping n wedges at bolh sises. Take a good look belore going on to be sure the line of holes in the webbing runs straight from front to back. This is your last chance to adjust them.
Here the webbing has been tapped into the groove all around the seat and the wedges have been removed You are ready to install the spline

around the groove, and use smaller I by 2-ineh wedges for holding.

Wood Working for Amateur Craftsman

Wood Working for Amateur Craftsman

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