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Patti Erickson
Cutting a new groove
Tue Feb 21, 2017 3:29pm

Darlene, I tried several years ago, as an experiment, on one of my chairs. I used the dremel tool and it was a disaster. It wasn't even and filling in the old groove proved to me a big problem. Nothing looked right. You could still see it through the cane. I ended up filling in with a piece of wood that matched fairly well. I ended up giving the chair to Goodwill because it just looked bad. My husband is really good at repairing the furniture. If we had this one, he would just clean out the glue in the broken piece, screw and clamp. He has made a new groove in chairs before, but he took off the broken piece, made a whole new piece with the groove in it (using his table saw). That looked good. The dremel is difficult to keep straight and it looked like he was tipsy when he used the dremel on our experimental chair. I never look at chairs with age marks and imperfections as being a bad thing. You'll end up putting in so much time and effort in refinishing and redoing the groove that you won't make much money on the piece. Remember, less is best. Again, just my thoughts.

Patti Erickson

  • Cutting a new groove DKR.SeatCaning, Tue Feb 21 2:50pm
    Patti, thanks for reading and answering my question. So I have follow-up: Have you had experience with this not going well for you in the past? On what do you base your recommendation? The break... more
    • Cutting a new groove Back Porch Caning - Joyce Curtis, Wed Feb 22 5:42am
      Regluing and screwing a rail that has split away is usually no big deal for me, but if the piece is missing or badly glued, I take the chair to a professional furniture repair person who loves his... more
      • Cutting a new groove DKR.SeatCaning, Wed Feb 22 8:38am
        Joyce, thank you. What a lovely answer! I again spent a half hour talking over the imperfections of the chair with the customer, and she said she trusted me to make the right decision. Having started ... more
    • Cutting a new groove Patti Erickson, Tue Feb 21 3:29pm
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