Step Seven Applying The Binder Cane

After the weaving of the seat has been completed, binder cane is applied around the perimeter of the seat to give a neat and finished appearance. Binder cane is identical to weaving cane in all respects, but is just one or (preferably) two sizes larger.

First, identify the binding cane in the hank of cane you purchased. It is bigger than the rest. Now measure off a piece that is long enough to go entirely around the newly caned seat, with a couple of inches to spare. Soak this piece of cane for 15 minutes in warm water and glycerine (double this time if the water is cold). The cane must be very pliable if it is to follow the contours and corners of the seat.

After it has soaked, insert about 2 inches of one end of the binding cane in the left corner hole at the back of the seat and peg it. Now lay the binder along the back of the seat over the holes. You are going to secure the binding cane in place by tying it down with regular weaving cane at each of the holes.

Take a long strand of regular weaving cane, one which has been well soaked to tie the binder in place. Tie one end of the cane securely under the seat and next to the left corner hole. Run the weaving cane up through the first hole, over the binder, and back down through the hole, thus making a loop over the binder cane. Pull this loop tight so that it anchors the binder firmly and tightly over the hole.

Next, under the seat, run the weaving strand to the next hole and repeat the procedure. Continue this for every hole until the entire binder along the back of the seat has been tied down. The binder now appears as a neat edging for the back of the seat, with tie-downs across it at every hole.

At the corner of the seat, turn the binding cane sharply, so that it now runs along the right side of the seat. Remoisten the

In Step Six. you weave the second diagonal layer. This one starts at the rear left corner The same procedure is followed in weaving as in Step Five. The strand is woven under each horizontal pair and over each vertical pair

And here we have the newly woven seat, neatly patterned and attractive

In Step Seven, you install the binder cane First, a couple of inches of the end of the wet binder cane are inserted in the left rear hole, and the cane is laid across the back rail, covering the holes

Now a length of weaving cane is used to tie the binder cane in place. The end of the weaving cane is tied to a loop under the rail, The other end is brought up through the second hole

And here we have the newly woven seat, neatly patterned and attractive

In Step Seven, you install the binder cane First, a couple of inches of the end of the wet binder cane are inserted in the left rear hole, and the cane is laid across the back rail, covering the holes

Now a length of weaving cane is used to tie the binder cane in place. The end of the weaving cane is tied to a loop under the rail, The other end is brought up through the second hole

STEP EIGHT: FINISHING THE WORK

The seal is now caned. Clean up the work

Now the cane is looped over the binding cane and run back down in the same hole

The weaving cane is pulled tight over the binding cane Then il Is moved to the next hole, where the same operation is performed again

To make a neat binding tie at each hole, hold the binding cane flat and directly across the hole as the weaving cane is drawn tight

Here is the finished seal with all binding cane in place. We are now ready to proceed with the chair back. The total investment, including purchase, repair, and caning was less than $50

binder before doing this so that it is pliable enough to make this turn. Continue to tie the binder down through each hole.

The tricks to making a good looking binder edging are ihese.

  1. Make sure the binder is centered over each hole before you draw the tie cane tighi.
  2. I [old the binder cane flat against the wood as you draw; the tie cane tight.
  3. Be sure the shiny side of the tic cane is facing upward before you draw it light.
  4. Keep both the binder cane and the tie cane well moistened as you work. Work all around the seat, up to the last two holes. Here, pull out the end of the

Now the cane is looped over the binding cane and run back down in the same hole

The weaving cane is pulled tight over the binding cane Then il Is moved to the next hole, where the same operation is performed again

To make a neat binding tie at each hole, hold the binding cane flat and directly across the hole as the weaving cane is drawn tight

The binding cane has been anchored all across the back of the seat and the binder is now running down the left side after being turned at the corner

Here is the finished seal with all binding cane in place. We are now ready to proceed with the chair back. The total investment, including purchase, repair, and caning was less than $50

by clipping off any hairs which are visible on ihe cane. Use a single-edge razor.

Wood Working for Amateur Craftsman

Wood Working for Amateur Craftsman

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