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Wicker Seats

Discussion in 'Wood and Canvas' started by Mark747, Nov 27, 2018.

  1. Mark747

    Mark747 Curious about Wooden Canoes

    the wicker seats look fairly good with only a few small cracks. Is there a way to rejuvenate them so they don’t crack when I sit on them?? Or should I just use it and plan to re-cane them when they break?

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  2. Dave Osborn

    Dave Osborn LIFE MEMBER

    I’m not sure about rejuvenation. Some folks say that boiled linseed oil rejuvenates wood. It may be worth a try unless someone comes up with a sure fire method.
    I worked on seats today. Pulling the splines has always been difficult for me, but what I’ve found is that Acetone will soften the glue. I’m not saying it comes out clean, but much better than without. You’ll need some small width prying tools and scrapers to get the glue and stuck canes out of the groove.
    I apply the acetone with a small plastic syringe. Load it up....a couple of times. Cover it to slow down evaporation and try to pry them up after a couple of hours.
    A narrow brass wire brush helps clean the softened glue out, too.
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  3. OP

    Mark747 Curious about Wooden Canoes

    Thanks dave I’ll give the boiled linseed oil a try. I have some and thought about it but wasn’t sure. I’ll take your advice about acetone when it’s time to do them.
  4. Fitz

    Fitz Wooden Canoes are in the Blood

    I find that hot water and/or steam work well to loosen the glue in the grooves.

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