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