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Sun Jun 17, 2018 4:58am

If you don’t mind a bit of math you can estimate your bullrush needs..
Take 2 or 3 strands, twist the size rush you want and wrap it around a rail for an inch or two. Count how many wraps are in an inch. This gives you an approximation of how many trips around the chair you will have. Your lengths will probably go half way around., so double your number of trips, then determine how many strands you are twisting to get the desired diameter, multiply by that, probably 2.
Then double it for waste.
See what you come up with. Make note of the math. When you are done, see how much excess you have or shortage.
I have used this formula when teaching to make sure I always had more than needed.

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