Patti Erickson
Help! 3 Lincoln Rockers, curved back
Fri Mar 17, 2017 4:15pm
209.213.172.214

Hello,
I have three Lincoln rocker curved backs to do. I have done a couple of these but it has been a very long time since I did them. I am having trouble with the curve. I am using a piece of wood at the curve and doing the front to back (behind the piece of wood not too tight, not too loose), side to side (loose, pressed down to follow the side to side curve) and then a diagonal. (I was always taught to do the front to back, side to side and then diagonal...) The cane follows the curve perfectly on the corners, but as I get to the center, it pops out. I have read ALL the posts on the forum, consulted all of my books, including Jim Widess', but have not found anyone that has mentioned this problem. I have taken this out 3 times. For some reason, I just can't seem to get my brain working on this. Are my front to back's too loose or side to side's or both??? Has anyone else experienced this problem? Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!


Patti Erickson
www.thisoldseat.com
Stewartstown, PA

    • lincoln rocker curved back. JIm Widess, Sat Mar 18 5:08pm
      Hi Patti, The instructions are in my The Caner's Handbook." Drop 3 or 4 strands, spaced apart from one side to the other, down from the top rail to the bottom rail. This will secure the vertical... more
      • Lincoln rocker curved back Patti Erickson, Sat Mar 18 5:17pm
        Hi Jim, I have your book. I did the temporary verticals. I ran the step two (side to side) behind the temporary verticals. Should they be loose or tight against the temporary verticals? Step two... more
        • lincoln rocker curved back JIm Widess, Sat Mar 18 5:47pm
          the first horizontal behind the temporary verticals should be snug. The first vertical should be snug behind the horizontals. It goes behind the horizontals so that it maintains it's curve. Then put... more
    • 3 Lincoln rockers, curved back Patti Erickson, Fri Mar 17 4:58pm
      Just to be clear, I have tried using the stringers and doing the side to side first behind the stringers...I got the same results. Patti www.thisoldseat.com
      • Lincoln rocker curved back Rhonda Voos-Association of Artis, Sat Mar 18 6:27am
        Hi Patti. You are doing the right thing. Those side to side pieces will stick up until you start weaving step 4. I do find that you have to sometimes adjust that first side to side step after you... more
        • Lincoln rocker curved back Patti Erickson, Sat Mar 18 6:51am
          Hi Rhonda, So, my next step is a front to back and then side to side. I am putting those underneath the three steps that I now have in place? Will they be loose, or just normal tension? So, the next... more
          • Lincoln rocker curved back Rhonda Voos-Association of Artis, Sat Mar 18 3:58pm
            If you wove the diagonal after you did the 1st side to side, you will have to weave the front to back and next side to side into the pattern with the diagonal, I think. Look in the Chair caner's... more
            • Lincoln rocker curved back Patti Erickson, Sat Mar 18 4:06pm
              Hi Rhonda, I just finished tearing out the back, again. I just couldn't get it to conform. As I was taking out the back, I noticed if I pulled my side to sides tighter, the cane came down and... more
              • Re: Lincoln rocker curved back Rhonda Voos-Association of Artis, Sat Mar 18 9:06pm
                Oh yes, I forgot to mention going in front of the temporary pieces, and sometimes behind. Hard to remember it all. The side to side pieces should be tight across the chair. They will form the curve... more
                • Lincoln rocker curved back Patti Erickson, Sun Mar 19 2:40pm
                  HI Rhonda, Jim and Joyce, The 5th time is the charm! I did it! Yeah! Thanks to everyone that helped me out. For some reason, I need lots of visuals. Reading text and following is difficult, but I... more
                • Lincoln rocker curved back Patti Erickson, Sun Mar 19 11:10am
                  Hi Rhonda, I need to place a piece of wood at the curve in the middle of the back correct? And then run the vertical temporaries behind the piece of wood, right?
                  • Lincoln Rocker curved back Rhonda Voos-Association of Artis, Sun Mar 19 8:29pm
                    Sorry I didn't get to this earlier, was out most of the day. You don't need to use wood, just temporary cane strands vertically so you can weave step 1 behind those side to side.
          • Lincoln back Back Porch Caning - Joyce Curtis, Sat Mar 18 1:49pm
            If the weaving isn't staying square, it may be that the caning is tightening a little too much as it dries. To control shrinkage, try leaving the verticals fairly dry. Soak the caning just enough to... more
            • Lincoln rocker curved back Patti Erickson, Sat Mar 18 3:56pm
              HI Joyce, Well, I tore out the back again. I just couldn't get it to conform to that middle curve. I am going to try again tomorrow. I think, I may be leaving the side to side too loose. One book... more
              • Curved back Back Porch Caning - Joyce Curtis, Sat Mar 18 5:25pm
                I've noticed that some are a lot more curved than others and sometimes the placing of the holes makes it more difficult to follow the curve so I am imagining that yours is just a little quirkier than ... more
                • Lincoln rocker curved back Patti Erickson, Sat Mar 18 5:32pm
                  Hi Joyce, I think one of the problems is the customer replaced the side stringers. He didn't make them like the old ones, they are well over an inch thick and angled in towards the middle of the... more
              • lincoln rocker curved back JIm Widess, Sat Mar 18 5:13pm
                I always weave the first diagonal as the third step, and it's especially important to do so when one or both planes are curved. The diagonal locks the grid so you don't have to do as much... more
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