Thanks to Jan Noall, chair caning expert from Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, listed on the Furniture Repair Directory in the Seatweaving category and member of The SeatWeavers’ Guild, Inc.for this chair caning tip:
When replacing sheet cane on a seat frame that curves from front to back or side to side, make inverted “V” clipped cuts on the bottom side of the spline, throughout the length of the curve.
This will enable you to ease the spline into the groove (along with the glue), following the curve of the chair so it will stay in place without popping out.
Making these cuts keeps the spline in place so it doesn’t pop out. This technique eliminates the need for clamps, as in the normal method of installation of cane webbing.
Thank you Jan for this wonderful chair caning tip!