Step Preparing The Seat

Carefully examine all of the holes on the seat to see that they are open, and that they have no sharp edges that might cut into the cane. Use a small wood file or fine sandpaper rolled into a tight tube to round any such edges. If it appears that the edges of the frame that contact the cane might cut. round them as well.

The caning is gathered into loops he'd by spring clothespins and soaked in a solution of warm water and glycerine for at least 15 minutes before use. (An hour is better.)
Before recaning an old chair, make sure the holes are ireeol dirt and old finishing material The best way to do this is to redrill each hole with a bit lhai is the size of the hole It only takes a few minutes to run the bit into each ol ihe holes.

Count the holes in the front and back rails of the chair, and mark the center holes with pegs This chair has an even number of holes, so two pegs are needed to mark the two center holes

Run the first strand of cane from the back to the front of the seal, secure the strand in place with pegs. It should be strung a little on the loose side. The glossy side of the cane should face upward After going through the center hole at the front, the cane is run up through the next hole to the left and strung to the back rail

This is as far as (he first strand went. Test the tension by laying your palm on the woven strands. Under slight pressure, the cane should sink about %-inch. This will tighten up as you weave and as the wet cane dries.

At the back, push the strand of cane down through the second hole and then bring it up through the third. Continue this procedure from hole to hole to the left of Ihe center peg When you have used most of the first strand, anchor the end with a peg. Make sure enough extends below the seat to allow tying off later

HOW TO WEAVE Once you have A CANE BACK finished your OR SEAT preparations, you are ready to begin the caning procedures. Once you have identified the key holes in the pattern, the procedure divides into seven steps.

  1. Lay down first cane strand, back to front.
  2. Lay down first cane strand, side to side.
  3. Lay down second cane strand, back to front.
  4. Weave in second cane strand.-side to side.
  5. Weave in right to left diagonal cane strand.
  6. Weave in left to right diagonal canc strand.
  7. Apply binder cane to the edge of the cane.

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