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How To Remove Pressed Cane

Cane furniture is a piece that is easily recognized by the woven section in some part of the furniture, usually a chair.
There are two types of cane furniture: woven and pressed. Woven cane is a time-consuming method that involves weaving the cane in four directions: horizontal, vertical and two diagonals. You can recognize this type by the holes that frame the cane part of the piece.
Pressed cane comes already pre-woven and can be recognized by the groove that runs along the outside edge.
With either method, over time the cane tends to get dry and brittle and ends up tearing. Once that begins, it needs to be replaced.
To remove pressed cane, it’s best to start by cutting out the majority of the cane to get it out of the way.
Next, carefully run a sharp edge around the edges of the spline that are tucked in to the groove, being careful not to gouge the wood, to help loosen it. To begin prying up the spline, look for the spot where the two ends are mitered together.
This is the easiest spot to begin. Gently pry it up until you can get a small chisel-type tool underneath. There are special spline removing tools that you can buy specifically for this. But if you’re a use-what-you-got kind of person like I am, you use a small flat-head screwdriver, and a hammer.
Tap the chisel, or screwdriver, gently with the hammer until it’s wedged underneath, then gently wiggle it up until it loosens. Continue this all the way around until the spline is completely removed, again being careful not to gouge any of the wood.
There will be dirt, gunk and old dried glue in the groove that you’ll need to remove. I had the best luck with my cheap $10 rotary tool (someday I’ll own a Dremel)...
...and good old-fashioned sanding.
Now you’re ready to finish your furniture makeover.

To see more: http://www.salvagedbysusan.com/do-it-yourself-removing-pressed-cane/

  • Hannah V
    Hannah V Brooklyn, NY
    on Apr 15, 2016

    Such a great post! Thanks for sharing!

  • Penny
    Penny North Port, FL
    on Apr 16, 2016

    Thanks, I will do that. My brother has a number of chairs that need the backing replaced and I would like to surprise him with getting that done for him.

  • Angel
    Angel Hesperia, CA
    on Apr 18, 2016

    An interesting post, and probably solves a problem for a lot of furniture re-makers.

  • Tonynesta
    Tonynesta Oakland, CA
    on Apr 18, 2016

    Good luck lots of work...

  • Dexter
    Dexter Kent, WA
    on Apr 18, 2016

    Best way to remove the spline is drill holes and put vinegar in the hole which makes the glue soft so you may then pry up the spline from the grove, don't drill thru the seat.

    • Susan @SalvagedBySusan
      Susan @SalvagedBySusan Crawfordsville, IN
      on Apr 18, 2016

      @Dexter Great tip! With this piece, the glue and spline were so aged it came up with little effort. I think the dirt and crud from years of sitting was holding the spline in place more than the glue :)

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