Routing a channel to apply pressed cane to chair

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Routing a channel to apply pressed cane to chair

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I found this chair used. It had plywood screwed on over the seat and back and once I started investigating I realized it was caning originally. Can’t believe someone undid it all. It’s set up for blind caning and there’s no way I’m attempting that. I’m wondering about using a router tool to create a channel right in line with the original holes in order to put in premade cane? What diameter router attachment should I use? I’m not sure what’s standard. I appreciate any help.
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Re: Routing a channel to apply pressed cane to chair

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There is no "standard" that you can use. Try measuring diameter of holes, and start there. Also check diameter of the spline you'll be using
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Re: Routing a channel to apply pressed cane to chair

Post by AsonnyA »

Have you caned the chair yet? Have you ever applied pressed-in cane before?

The original cane probably broke, that often happens, especially with older chairs. For the average person it's too expensive to have it rewoven, hence the ply replacement. The large span size on that chair's backrest and seat further contribute to any cane being more prone to breaking, especially if the chair is used often or is apt to be somewhat abused.

For that large of spans, backrest and seat, I would recommend a spline channel at least 1/4" wide and at least 1/4" deep. The spline is wedge shaped. I would recommend your pressed-in cane to have 1/2" or 9/16" open mesh. Smaller or larger mesh size won't look as good on that size of spans.
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You'll soak your cane in warm/hot water to soften it. Don't soak or wet the spline... you want the spline to remain firm and dry. Only the cane needs to be softened.

There's some specific tools that will help with your installation. Do you have caning tools? They are easy to make, don't have to but them.

I think you'll have trouble routing a channel. You likely may have to cut it by hand with a chisel.

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