Bentwood chair back - wood spline
Mon Apr 3, 2017 4:48pm

I did some searching but couldn't find an answer, I'm hoping someone can help me. I'm quoting some Bentwood chair backs to re-cane, however, the back of the chair has a wood spine covering the cane. How is this removed and most importantly, how do you put new wood in to cover the channel? A number of my chairs have this so you can't see the weaving but I have never had to repair the backs. What kind of material is used for this channel and how do you make it look as if it was never done? In this case, do you use blind caning for repair and don't take out the channel? Any info will help, thanks so much!

    • Re: Bentwood chair back - wood spline The Wicker Woman®--Cathryn, Tue Apr 4 8:25am
      Hi Ingrid, These types of chairs are really difficult to repair properly! The material in the back is the same wood that the chair is made from, not reed or anything else. Sometimes it's possible to... more
      • Bentwood chair back-wood spline Rhonda Voos-Association of Artis, Tue Apr 4 10:12pm
        I had never seen Tim Puro's post on removing the spline. Looks like a good technique. I have removed many splines. I have gotten better at it with practice. One tip I would add is to take a sharp... more
      • bentwood chair back JIm Widess, Tue Apr 4 12:03pm
        Hi Ingrid, We always blind cane the backs of these chairs. It's faster than dealing with putting the spline back and refinishing the back of the chair. Just be careful not to drill through the spline ... more
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