Today I’m starting another blog series and hope to continue this every week called, TUESDAY TIPS!
Each Tuesday the tips will vary and might be as in today’s tip, on chair caning tools.
Or the topic might be on basketry or a type of chair seat weaving, wicker repair steps, hints, tips, great tools or even on rustic furniture making!
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Here’s a great tooltip for cane webbing
Use a hand-held steamer, similar to the one in the picture, to soften and remove the glue in the groove of a spline cane chair seat.
It makes very quick work of removing the old cane and spline.
I’m forever grateful to have learned this technique through members of The SeatWeavers’ Guild, Inc. so many years ago!
How to use the hand-held steamer for chair cane spline removal
First, you will want to protect the wooden finish with either green or blue painter’s tape, which is what I forgot to do in this photo.
Thankfully, the finish didn’t get damaged so I was lucky here. So, do as I say, not do as I do…
Next, drill several holes through the spline. Be very careful not to drill too far into the spline and go into the wood frame.
Finally, using short bursts of steam in the drilled holes will soften the glue.
So, with the glue softened, removal of the spline, with your spline chisel, will be a quick as a wink.
You’ll wonder why it took you so long to discover this tool. What a time saver!
Here’s a YouTube video I made on How-to Remove Chair Cane Spline with a Steamer so you can see it in action.
How to fix crowded drilled cane holes in the frame
Frequently, you will find that the holes drilled into the framework of a hand caned seat fill up very quickly as you are weaving the steps.
The reason for this is that several strands of cane are going into the same small hole, narrowing the opening.
This makes for a very difficult time adding more new strands to those holes.
And doing the final step of adding a binder to cover the holes is extremely frustrating, too.
You can do this by putting the icepick into the hole and “reaming” it out by forcing all strands to the outer circle of the hole.
Eureka! Now you can insert more strands in the center of the hole!
Final caning tool I can’t live without
As I’ve shown in my instructions for weaving a hole cane seat, I always bevel or round off the 90º inside edge of the chair seat frame.
No matter what kind of seat you are putting in; hole cane, sheet cane, rush, splint or even Shaker tape and Danish cord, round off the rails.
If you don’t, that sharp edge will cut the materials and your seat will fail prematurely.
Then go over it all with a piece of sandpaper to smooth so there are no sharp edges anymore.
Let me know if this Chair Caning Tools Tips post has helped you! What are your favorite chair caning tools?
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