Q&A: Machine Woven Cane & Supplies

Q: What is cane?

A: Natural strand cane, often called chair cane, is made from the outside bark of the Rattan Palm, a tropical vine which is grown primarily in the Malay Peninsula, the Philippines, and Indonesia. The thorny leaves are removed and the rattan peel (outer bark) is cut by machine to various widths for use in cane seating. The hard outer surface of the bark is glossy, creating a nice look on caned chairs.

Q: What size do I need?

A: To determine what size cane to order, measure one "pattern repeat". The most common size is 1/2" measured from the center of one hole to the center of the next. Smaller chair seats are also done with the 3/8" size.

**You can rotate your cane to best suit your needs, and narrower rolls are less expensive. For example, if you need 14 inches of 20" wide cane, order 20 inches of our 1/2" x 14" size. This will save you a significant amount of money.

Q: How do I measure so I order the correct amount of cane?

1. Measure the opening in your chair seat (or back) in both directions, from groove to groove.

2. Add 2" to each measurement. This is the size you will need for 1 chair.

3. Determine which roll width will be most efficient. (In the 1/2" cane we carry 14", 16", & 18" wide rolls.) Caning looks the same in either direction so how you lay out your piece on the roll doesn't matter.

4. Order the number of inches you need.

Q: How do I determine what size spline I need?

1. Measure the width of the groove and use the following chart to determine which size spline to order.

Width: 5/32"....Spline size: #7.5

Width: 11/64"...Spline size: #8

Width: 7/32"....Spline size: #9

Width: 1/4".....Spline size: #10

2. Measure the length of the groove and add 1". This is the amount you will need for 1 chair.

3. We sell spline in 5' & 7' lengths. If you need a longer length, please contact us.
***If you have questions we have not answered, Email us at restorationsupplies@yahoo.com. We are happy to help!
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