Bentwood chair back-wood spline
Tue Apr 4, 2017 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 knife and score along both sides of the spline. Sometimes the knife will even actually separate the spline from the groove. Steam helps, put it in holes from the front. Patience and a gentle touch can also help. Good luck! One other solution, not my favorite, but use a router and convert it to press caned back. I have a guy who does this for me when people don't want to spend the money for spline removal + caning.

  • 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
    • 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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