How to Remove Strand Chair Caning
There’s been some discussion over on my Chair Caning Forum in the past on how to remove a hole cane seat, easily. So I thought that might make a good topic here on the Weavin’ Wicker Woman blog.
Hole Cane Chair Seat Before Seat is Removed
The first thing I do is to turn the chair upside-down and cut the individual cane loops on the bottom of the chair seat. Be careful you don’t scratch or damage the wood when you use your sharp basketry scissors or utility knife/box cutter to do this.
Lots of knots on the underside? Then cut them off, too. Otherwise, it will make taking the strands out from the top side more difficult.
Next step is to cut the binder cord and loops over it. Then with your hand, you can pull on the binder cord and most of it will come up easily. Pick out all the remaining cane sections and binder cord from the holes using your hands and/or a pair of pliers, don’t forget to remove the cane from the bottom side also.
Hole-to-hole Cane Seat with Woven Cane Removed
But before you begin weaving your chair caning project, there’s one more step to complete. Remember to always bevel or round off the inside frame edge using a wood rasp, file or Stanley Sureform Shaver tool.
If you forget to do this step, your cane will not wear as long and might fail shortly after you’ve woven that brand new seat!
Here’s a little Chair Caning Tip of the Day Video to see what I mean by beveling the inside edge of the seat.
All done and ready to weave that hole-to-hole cane seat!
Check out the Chair Caning Instructions page for weaving that new cane seat? Enjoy!