Estate Chairs
Sat Jul 1, 2017 8:27am

I have had spark of inspiration,(!) the holes are to trap the ends of the front to back canes that the seat is woven through, (uprights in basketry terms and warp in weaving terms).
A length of cane is bent in half, not creased, and the loop goes over the back rail, up into the middle and the free ends through the loop, then the ends are brought over the front rail, pulled very tight and by trial and error, cut to length to fit into the bottom of the holes below the rail. the single hole cane would be lost as a short end by trapping it with with across weaving at an appropriate place somewhere halfway up the side rails. This cane would give you something to turn back the weft weaving when you got to the front legs around the front seat rail.
There is shading on the front legs between the bottom rail and seat rail, which would indicate that this space is woven as the rest of the seat.
I would imagine that you would start the weaving in the space below the front rail, and that would lock the uprights in place for when you weave the seat.
I am pretty certain that this is the answer, please ignore all previous ramblings!! I don't know why I didn't see it before!

  • Help lrobertson13, Fri Jun 23 8:44am
    I bought a chair and rocker from an estate sale in the hope that I could redo the seats. The peg holes on the rail are throwing me off. Any help in figuring out how this might have been done or... more
    • Estate Chairs brigittegraham48, Sat Jul 1 8:27am
      • estate chairs JIm Widess, Mon Jul 3 7:24pm
        I'd remove the two curved braces on the front of the chair temporarily. Then drill the holes all the way through the rung. The round reed pairs were originally inserted into these holes and probably... more
      • Yea! lrobertson13, Sat Jul 1 10:28am
        ding, ding ding! Thanks so much!
    • Re Estate chairs brigittegraham48, Fri Jun 30 3:23am
      Leslie, That is odd, please can you send/post a picture of the underside of the top rail then? Brigitte
      • Chairs lrobertson13, Fri Jun 30 6:54am
        Here are photos of the underside of the chairs. Thanks! [url=][img] [/img][/url]... more
        • Estate chairs brigittegraham48, Sat Jul 1 7:46am
          Leslie, The mystery holes don't go all the way through the rail, so how deep are they? I wanted to see the underside of the rail to see if it had any clues, like different shading of the wood where a ... more
    • Estate chairs brigittegraham48, Thu Jun 29 2:31pm
      Hi Leslie. I would say that the chairs were seated with splints or shaker tape. I bet if you turn the chair upside down, there will be holes on the underside of the front rail that correspond with... more
      • Estate chairs lrobertson13, Thu Jun 29 6:57pm
        Brigitte - Thanks so much for taking the time to offer some advice. I turned the chairs over to see if there were any corresponding holes on the top rail and didn't see any. In addition, because... more
        • Estate chairs lrobertson13, Thu Jun 29 7:03pm
          Correction, Brigitte, the brackets are under the bottom rail.
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