I recently got to work on two really cool large scale Sheet Caning projects - an antique wheel chair and a register cover from a 1920s Bexley home. Both things I only see in a blue moon! They were a nice diversion from the typical, normal size chair seats and backs I do day-to-day.
The back and leg panel were a bit kinder to my body, but I needed to be careful not to stress any of the antique wood that had less metal support structure than the seat. I also needed to fit, glue and clamp the folding foot rest into place. The hillbilly cardboard was a buffer between the wood and the clamp so that the pressure of the metal of the clamp would not mar the surface of the chair.
Here it is- the finished chair!
The owners late, beloved cat enjoyed sitting on the top- it got heat from the radiator below and sun from the window above. Over time, heat, sun (and probably claws) the caning dried out and became full of breaks and holes.
The second larger scale Sheet Caning project I did was an original radiator cover for a home in Bexley.
Not a level of detail you see in today's homes! This large cover goes over the original, working radiator. The caning lets the heat pass through, but the custom piece hides the radiator.
At first blush this looks like straight forward Sheet Caning with spline that would hold the caning into a grove in the wood. But it wasn't. The caning came out by unscrewing and removing a wood frame that it was stapled to. Installing new cane by staples was deemed impossible- the unfinished wood frame was very dried out and brittle. So I opted to install the new cane by positioning it into place and screwing and sandwiching it in with the wood frame- piece by piece. Since this was not a piece of furniture to be sat on and purely decorative, that option would work out just fine. This panel was pretty tricky to replace and I needed a few extra hands to help out for install.
After it was finished the owner took it to Coup Restorations for an overall tune up and staining the new cane to match the old.
Obligatory baby update-
Our little girl turned 6 months and desperately wants to learn to cane! Or do anything mom is doing... It will all come soon enough for the littlest Emza.
E Emza Uphill