The groove cut for the spline where the hand cane holes are has significantly weakened the chair seat. I have seen chairs like this that have split and broken off at the groove. I would not re-cane a chair like the one you have described (with either hand or pressed cane) without strengthening the seat. I would drill horizontal holes from the inside of the seat, 1 1/2" to 2" apart, deep enough to be well past the groove/holes and glue in 3/8" dowels. If you decide to do this be careful to drill the dowel holes between the hand cane holes that are in the seat.
Thanks for your replys. The chairs do have round bottoms. Instead of filling in the groove and redrilling the holes, could I hand cane the existing holes and then put spline into the groove similar... more
If you try to make this look like a pressed cane seat but hand weave the seat. What could happen is when you put the spline in, it could very well break some of the cane strands. Then you'll have to... more
Converting Pressed Back to Hand Cane rrc_1940,Wed Jun 20 8:46am