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I found a "Taylor Wing Rocker" at a resale store and would like to know how to attach the cane in the area around the arms. If you look at the photos you will see that there isn't any grove for spline. The rocker had a cushion seat that I took out to re-upholster and found that it actually needs a cane seat, so I need to fill and sand the holes and re-cane. If you could help me in anyway regarding this project, I would greatly appreciate it. Thank you so much.

Marilyn - Not sure I completely understand the question. I assume you know how to recane using sheet cane. The spline is still in place in one part of the frame. You need to remove it using vinegar and a sharp tool. Then do the same with other sections where some of the cane remains in the groove. For the intersection of the frame joints around the arm post you just cut the cane to fit and leave it open at the joint.

I did this same chair several years ago for my sister. It had belonged to our grandmother. Another similar chair is shown on page 72 of the book "Furniture of the Depression Era" by Swedberg, Collector Books.

Good luck.

Fred Taylor

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I will attempt to answer questions about American antique furniture, including construction details, style, period, manufacturers, care, repair and storage. I do not have any background in appliances, musical instruments, sewing machines, trunks, lighting, clocks or children's and baby furniture and will not respond to questions about those items.


I ran an antique furniture restoration business for twenty years. I am a nationally syndicated columnist on the subject of antique furniture for such publications as Antique Week and New England Antiques Journal. I have produced one video on the subject of furniture identification and my book "HOW TO BE A FURNITURE DETECTIVE" is now available.I have also published articles in Antique Trader, Chicago Art Deco Society, Northeast Magazine, Victorian Decorating and Lifestyles, Professional Refinishing, Antiques and Art Around Florida and Antique Shoppe. You can visit my website at

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