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1/2'' Flat Reed for Chair Caning

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Replace seats for indoor furniture such as ladder back chairs. Average seat uses one coil, which is approximately 135 feet.

(1) 1/2'' Flat Reed for Chair Caning
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Manufacturer Part Number FR-12-CO
Weight 1.0000
4.3 / 5.0
9 Reviews
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Good quality and delivered faaaaassst!
December 22, 2018
8 months ago
Easy to work with even for a beginner. Nice product and quick service
Beginner project chair.
Beginner project chair.
July 2, 2018
1 year ago
Woodworking Experience:
Great product
March 27, 2017
over 2 years ago
Pleased with the quality of the material. However I was a little disappointed with the assorted lengths, especially the 4 or 5 smaller lengths as I could make only one wrap.
April 17, 2016
over 3 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
Just what I needed
Good long pieces, ends not ragged so there was very little waste. I should have checked each piece for consistent width before I started, though, as one strand narrowed by more than 1/16" about half way in.
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Added Jul 23, 2016
July 23, 2016
over 3 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
Using .5 inch reed
I've been using this reed for about 3 years now and have been pleased with the quality and the price.

Robert C
February 24, 2016
over 4 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
Great product
I found it easy to work.
January 14, 2016
over 3 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
This is the first time I...
This is the first time I have woven a seat. With the aid of The Caner's Handbook (also from Rockler) it went very well. I like the reed and it made for a comfortable seat. I would prefer more of the longer pieces and fewer of the very short ones. It would require less splicing and make the job go faster. Otherwise, it was an enjoyable project and a nice change of pace.
February 19, 2010
Short strips
The longest strips was just adequate in length, but the majority were much too short. I would try elsewhere.
March 28, 2018
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Homer Cook C on Jun 9, 2019
to fix a chair seat
Cindy J D on Apr 5, 2019
Homer Cook C on Jun 9, 2019
I have 2 rockers that I caned in the 70’s. Time to redo for my daughter’s new house.
PAULA S on Jun 7, 2019
to fix a chair seat
Cindy J D on Apr 5, 2019
I am using this for a sewing project. 18th Century pocket hoops to be exact.
Christine R on Mar 17, 2019
To redo chair seat
Myra N on Mar 1, 2019
We liked the looks of the chair after it was finished..
Betty W on Nov 21, 2018
To cane the seat of a antique ladder back chair
Carol L on Nov 16, 2018
Repairing wicker furniture legs
Mary Ellen L on Aug 8, 2018
Fixing an antique chair. First time.
Adam W on Jul 25, 2018
Father-in-law recommended for re-caning two chairs.
Vicki T on Jun 29, 2018
first time restoring a old rocker; so the reviews were the selling point
Rebecca H on Mar 7, 2018
chair bottom
Curtis S on Oct 8, 2017
because the item was shown in American measure. and a American product with American service rep. thank you
kenneth b. g on Aug 11, 2017
Repair of antique chair
Don P on Apr 12, 2017
I replace a few chair seats a year.
Robert C on Mar 27, 2017
It's what I needed
jim on Feb 19, 2017
I liked the pricing
conrad c on Nov 16, 2016
I have a old stool that has this type of reed seat and it needed replacement. This product should be a good replacement. This will be my first attempt to cane. Wish me luck!
Frederic L O on Nov 11, 2016
to try for the first time to flat reed a rocking chair and seems to be a good product.
David K on Oct 14, 2016
i choose this because my father used to bottom chairs and he passed this down to me as a child, he would always go get the trees and make the bark himself but because he is no longer with me, I choose this product to use to bottom my chairs.
janet p on Mar 13, 2016
Easy to order and to work with
Sheldon T on Jan 3, 2016
. I Ordered 4 coils of this product to use to cane 4 Old Hickory Chairs.
Pamela J on Jul 26, 2015
Have a chair that needs a new seat
Paul T on Jul 3, 2015
available in other on line stores- this prod was a tad more expensive here, but the shipping was a lot more realistic that other sites. I ordered previously, so I came back. I needed customer service today and she was a great help. Very pleasant and helpful.
Donald D on Jun 27, 2015
I have used this before. It's high quality, and is very easy to work with. I just didn't order enough the first time. I had some left from a previous project. After using your reed , I decided to order from you again.
Char A on Apr 24, 2015
I have 2 rockers that I caned in the 70’s. Time to redo for my daughter’s new house.
PAULA S on Jun 7, 2019
I am using this for a sewing project. 18th Century pocket hoops to be exact.
Christine R on Mar 17, 2019
I have a splint low patio table (very old) and the material that is wrapped around the legs is brittle and coming off. I would like to replace it. Will this product work?
JANET D on Jun 14, 2015
BEST ANSWER: this is very strong material and amply soaked, is very pliable, but it depends on how small the legs are. you don't want to bend it too much. but soaked properly it will surprise you how flexible it is.
What is the actual color of the reed?
Ron P on Jan 9, 2016
BEST ANSWER: The picture is fairly accurate. It is a light tan. It similar to any caning I have seen on other chairs.
Is this the products that I need to reinforce the corners on my bamboo chairs? They are a light bamboo porch chair but the corners and all of the joints are wrapped with caning material. It is very thin and of course is wrapped tightly around the joints. It doesn't seem to be as wide as the picture of your woven seats.
Jim H on Sep 1, 2016
BEST ANSWER: It's a very good product, but I think you are correct in looking for a more narrow reed.....1/4 in or 1/8 inch. If you decide to use this width, it will take a stain or dye with repeated applications.
Surely, there is bamboo available somewhere, but I have had no experience with it.
If you get desperate, perhaps the heavy duty cord supplied by Rockler for weaving could reinforce your corners, but the color may not suit. Good luck!! Anne
How long should this cane be soaked before use?
Rebecca on Feb 16, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Hi Rebecca,
I bought the cane for a project that I have yet to get around to, but I have replaced caned seats of chairs with narrow cane. For that I find that I can use the cane after 10 or 15 minutes. Hot water is quicker. I would try using hot water for this thicker cane and give it some time. I doubt that you can give it too much time.
Good luck,
Does caning come shorter lengths? Will the .5 inch caning stay bent when dried?
john w on Feb 24, 2016
BEST ANSWER: My experience has been that this caning does hold its shape once dried on a stool or chair. Of course it can be softened again with water if necessary.
Within the coil, there is a variety of lengths, the shortest being approximately 20 inches. Hope this helps!
is this the best product to use for seat bottoms on shaker type chairs, have 3 that I would like to try, have never done it before,
does anyone use strips of white Oak?? what is this 1/2 reed made of
jim on Sep 17, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I have used this caning material for many ladderback chairs from an old church which closed. They are holding up very well as we use them in our home very often.