When in doubt...
...Call a professional!
This bentwood rocker was brought in this week. The cane on the seat is pretty new and should have a lot more life left in it. However, when it was last replaced the old cane and spline was removed with a router power tool - a BIG no-no. Sheet cane removal should always be done with non-invasive hand tools to protect the wood and insure longevity of the furniture. It takes a lot more time and labor, but it is a step that should never be skipped. The router weakened the inside rim of the seat and when it was used 3/4 of the structure split apart. There was also very little glue holding the spline and cane in.
Here is the finished restoration including gluing the seat back together and installing brand new sheet cane:
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E Emza Uphill