How to replace cane mesh on a seat
Remove old mesh and clean up groove.
- Use a craft knife to score around the outside edge of the wedging spline.
- Use a hammer and a narrow chisel or flat headed screw-driver (which is no wider than the groove) to remove the wedging spline from the groove.
- Remove the old mesh, being careful not to damage the wooden frame.
- Clean out the groove using the chisel or screwdriver.
Prepare cane & spline
- Measure the width of the groove, and select wedging spline that is about 1mm narrower.
- Cut new cane mesh so it's large enough so it will extend 2cm beyond the groove.
- In a tub of water, soak the cane mesh and wedging for 20 minutes.
Placing the cane mesh
- Lay the mesh onto the seat and square it up so each side is straight and even.
- Starting at the front, remove any horizontal cane strands that are laying on the outside edge of the groove.
- Secure the middle 2-3cm of cane into the groove. Use a thin wooden wedge to hold it in place temporarily.
- Repeat step 2 and 3 on the back of the seat, then on either side, removing excess cane strands.
- Using a flat tool, such as a metal scrapper, or a wooden wedge, press the cane into the rest of the grooves. For round chairs, remove excess diagonal cane strands before pressing in.
Preparing groove for wedging spline
- Using a craft knife, carefully cut away the excess mesh about 2mm below the outside edge of the groove.
- Apply a thin line of pva glue in the groove.
Placing the wedging spline
- Cut the end of the wedging spline at a neat 45 degree angle.
- For rounded seats, start at the center back. Place the end of the spline into the groove, tap carefully with a hammer and continue around the whole chair. Cut the end at a 45 degree angle to finish.
- For square seats, cut the spline to fit each side, trimming the ends at a 45 degree angle. Tap into place with a hammer and repeat on all sides.
- Use your wooden wedge and hammer to gently tap the wedging spline down into the groove.
- Allow the mesh to dry at least 24 hours to allow the fibres to shrink and tighten.
- Finish off with shellac, stain, varnish or paint.
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