Chair Cane Materials on the Sunshine Coast

Chair cane is used when hand weaving chair seats or panels. To the untrained eye a hand caned seat looks much the same as a sheet caned one, but the process of fitting is very different. If sheet cane is fitted similarly to a fly screen on a window, a hand caned seat is like stringing a complicated tennis racquet. Chair cane comes as long strips of accurately sized fine cane. The frame into which a hand caned seat is to be stitched will have a series of evenly spaced holes drilled through it. Sometimes, as with Bentwood chairs, there will also be a groove on the underside of the seat.

Chair cane comes in several sizes: 2mm, 2.5mm, 3mm and 3.5mm. The size of cane required for a particular job is determined by the spacing between the holes, which are drilled into the frame. Before ordering, it is important for you to accurately measure this hole spacing. Measure from centre of hole to centre of hole, and measure between several pairs of holes to get an average, as the spacing is not always as even as one would like. It is best to take measurements at the centre front or centre back of the panel, especially if the panel is not square or rectangular.

If the spacing is 12mm, then 2mm cane is required.
If the spacing is 15mm, then 2.5mm cane is required.
If the spacing is 18mm, then 3mm cane is required.

     If the spacing is any other size, please let us know and we will advise you as to the cane sizes required.

     We have written an easy to follow, inexpensive hand caning booklet for the beginner or those wishing to brush up on their skills.