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Reed Spline for groove measurement 5/16" wide, 5/16" deep
Reed Spline for groove measurement 5/16" wide, 5/16" deep Item #41129
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Reed Spline for groove measurement 1/4" wide, 1/4" deep
Reed Spline for groove measurement 1/4" wide, 1/4" deep Item #41103
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Reed Spline for groove measurement 9/32" wide, 9/32" deep
Reed Spline for groove measurement 9/32" wide, 9/32" deep Item #41111
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$5.99 Each
Reed Spline for groove measurement 3/16" wide, 7/32" deep
Reed Spline for groove measurement 3/16" wide, 7/32" deep Item #41095
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Reed Spline

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Use to fasten woven natural cane and paper cane into chair or panel grooves.

Note: Determine the size you need by carefully measuring the width of the groove. It is common to butt edges together and use multiple pieces.

(1) Reed Spline
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Weight 1.0000
Tech Spec
  • Tapered for easy insertion
  • Color: Cream
  • Length: 10 ft. (may be in multiple pieces)
4.6 / 5.0
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If you plan on staining wipe down with trisodium phosphate or similar degreaser. Let dry thoroughly before staining and once desired color is reached coat with sealer and wait 1 day before soaking for use.
March 7, 2019
over 4 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
The spline and caning worked very well and look better than the original.
I have used both the "reed spline" and "conventional" caning on several antique canoe projects, replacing old and damaged seats, or some other replacement material bringing the seats back to original. A few years ago, while searching for someone to do the work for me, a friend said "do it yourself it's easy" A short YouTube video later, and an order to Rockler the DIY project was underway. The products are easy to work with and the instructions are simple. Preparing the area is the most critical phase. Waiting, for the cane and spline to soak and soften, can not be overlooked nor shortened. The installation is a matter of minutes. The products work very well.
Stern seat in a 1947 "Old Town" sailing canoe
Folding canoe seat
Forward seat in a 1947 "Old Town" sailing canoe
June 10, 2018
1 year ago
Woodworking Experience:
rebuilding a chair.
Had an antique chair that need a new caned bottom and this was the main ingredient to hold it all together.
March 8, 2018
over 4 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
Just what I ordered
Quality product
February 6, 2018
over 2 years ago
Served my need perfectly.
January 30, 2018
1 year ago
Finished work came out fine. Great price
January 26, 2018
1 year ago
Woodworking Experience:
Two down and three to go
This the second time I did some chair caning but I was able to get a better size for the reed and that made a better finished product. The actual caning was relative easy to install. The instructions supplied by Rockler were very helpful but I did not find it until I unrolled the caning. Fortunately I had a copy from a previous caning project. I started with two chairs and showed them to my daughter. She loved them so much that she is "allowing" me to cane three more.
Actually the caning is a relative easy project and it is very rewarding.
January 25, 2018
1 year ago
Woodworking Experience:
Worked great!
This is the second time I have used this product with your machine cane. Complete success!!!! Thanx!!!!!
January 25, 2018
1 year ago
Woodworking Experience:
correct size
very consistent in sizing
December 26, 2017
over 2 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
Chair like New
The chair turned out great! My Dad did all the work and said the hardest part was getting the old spine out. I stained the cane back and it turned out great. Took several coats as the cane was new. I would highly recommend this company and would buy from them again.
November 28, 2017
over 2 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
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Why did you choose this?
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Hoping to restore two torn canoe seats.
Stephen J F on Aug 14, 2018
needed for chair seat cane edging
Charles B on Aug 1, 2018
Hoping to restore two torn canoe seats.
Stephen J F on Aug 14, 2018
Correct for a 3/16" (.187") wide groove
Harold M C on Aug 12, 2018
needed for chair seat cane edging
Charles B on Aug 1, 2018
Seat repair
Mark G on Jul 19, 2018
To repair a cane in a caned back chair
Jim on Jul 18, 2018
Measured chair and this was the closest match
Mark S on Jul 17, 2018
to redo two cain chairs
James H on Jul 10, 2018
Rock let one of a few places that carry this product
bob F on Jul 3, 2018
Repairing old chair.
Allan F on Jul 2, 2018
I bought the wrong size
BRAD C on Jul 2, 2018
Recaning chair seats
Michael G L on Jun 21, 2018
To repair and restore a client's furniture
Lori T on Jun 13, 2018
JOSEPH F on May 30, 2018
To repair canoe seats
Jed G on May 21, 2018
fixing a chair
kimberly a s on May 20, 2018
replace caning on an old rocker
Rosemary on May 18, 2018
Repair of broken seat
Mercedes H on Apr 20, 2018
Repair four dining room chairs.
Robert H on Mar 30, 2018
What is needed to replace chair caning in some used chairs that I bought.
Kenneth D on Mar 25, 2018
repairing a chair
Hope H on Mar 24, 2018
To repair an antique rocker
Cynthia C on Mar 16, 2018
I am repairing a chair.
Denise F on Mar 11, 2018
I am re-caning a special chair which is very dear to me
Gary B on Mar 8, 2018
I am caning an old theatre seat with three seats and backs. The actual dimensions of the spline was 3/8 X 1/4. I ordered the closest dimension on your site. If you have a better fit, please let me know
Jim D on Feb 9, 2018
Have A broken chair Back.D.M.
Donald M on Feb 8, 2018
needed to complete project
Ronald O on Feb 5, 2018
To repair chair seat
Marianne P on Feb 2, 2018
Repairing an old highchair I found at a garage sale.<br /> Don
Donald M on Jan 31, 2018
Used this product on 2 chairs and it worked well.
John H on Jan 21, 2018
It matches the chair being refurbished
Ronald L on Jan 20, 2018
Needed to fix chairs.
Lawrence B on Jan 20, 2018
To put a finished edge to the fabric we are using on our chair backs.
Anne B on Jan 9, 2018
Replacing the old.
Ernest C on Jan 8, 2018
This stuff is hard to find and you have it at a reasonable price. Good job.
Paul B on Dec 21, 2017
I have an set of chairs that have a Woven Cane for the backing. I need the Spline to glue/ press the Cane in the 3/16" grooves in the chair rails.
Doug B on Dec 9, 2017
Looked like the best choice for my project. I wasn't sure of the term "conventional cane material). I assumed (not the best approach I know) that was meant to be widely used or most common. Not my first rodeo, but my first cane chair for sure. Good web site.<br /><br />David Brown
David B on Dec 5, 2017
replacing the cane backing in a chair
Bonnie G on Nov 25, 2017
Replacing Cain on my uncle's chair.
Scott V on Nov 19, 2017
JOSEPH E on Nov 17, 2017
the cane and spline have worked very well for me.
Thomas B on Nov 15, 2017
This is necessary to the sheet caning process.
Brad J on Nov 13, 2017
I wasn't sure which size spline would work, so I ordered the two sizes closest to the size of the groove in my chair. I hope I can return the other.
Janet H on Nov 2, 2017
Because I needed it.
MARC M on Nov 2, 2017
To repair/replace chair backs
Mark S on Oct 25, 2017
item appears to be material I need for chair seat repair.
Thomas B on Oct 7, 2017
Repair to bent wood cane rocker
Carl H on Oct 4, 2017
To replace worn cane seat
Joseph M on Sep 24, 2017
Needed to rebuild a chair.
Joseph K on Sep 20, 2017
Jim T on Sep 14, 2017
Redoing chair back
Robert P on Sep 11, 2017
Correct for a 3/16" (.187") wide groove
Harold M C on Aug 12, 2018
Seat repair
Mark G on Jul 19, 2018
I have a coil of reed spline, how do I straighten it?
Vikki S on Aug 8, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Soak it in water. If you are canning a seat, also soak the seat cane to help prevent it from breaking. Install when still wet using white wood glue. Wipe off the excess glue with a wet rag before it dries.
What if I don' want pieces, will I receive a 10 foot spline intact?
Mary R on May 30, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Mary, I have purchased spline from various sources of a period of 16 years. The answer to your questions is: no. Generally speaking, the spine will come in 3-4 foot pieces and pieces are joined as shown in the picture....with a diagonal or petered corner, to achieve the longer length. It may be possible to obtain a 10 foot piece, but remember, this would come from a plant of much taller than 10 feet. Sincerely, Phyllis
Can youstain the natural pressed cane to darken it?
Linda S on May 1, 2019
BEST ANSWER: According to the Caner's Handbook, it can be colored with Varnish Stain. I would check that book or with simply experiment with a piece that is not a part of your project.
What's the length of the 5/16 wide spline?
Antiquelady53 on Mar 2, 2019
BEST ANSWER: The package contained a total of 10ft in multiple pcs. I needed a 36" piece to do a continuous repair which it more than had. The lengths vary but are sizable. Remember, this is a natural product.
Have two parallel quarter inch grooves about three quarter inch apart in old rocker seat. Should I put spline in both or just outer?
frank w on Feb 13, 2018
BEST ANSWER: I've not seen anything like that, but will offer an opinion. It might look a bit weird, and be very tedious to use both spline grooves. I'd say use the outer one only. Best of luck with that.
Is the old spline re-usable? I'm not sure what size I need without going home to measure, so I'm thinking of carefully removing the old spline and then reinserting it in the groove with new cane. Possible?
Nick P on Sep 22, 2016
BEST ANSWER: No, I'm sorry, it's not. It gets too brittle with age. Go to Franks cane and supply website. They have a chart that will help you pick the right size. Don't get it too small.
Can this be used on an outdoor rocker?
Debbie B on Apr 18, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Debbie, this can be used on a rocker but it will not have a long life expectancy. Generally, cane should be used on indoor furniture, protected from uv rays and treated with care. Life expectancy of cane can be up to 30 years but if used outdoors, weather, humidity, mold, etc will cause rapid deterioration and failure. Note: whether used indoors or outdoors, conclude any finish repair before replacing the cane. Best wishes in your endeavor.
Towards the top corner of my chair the cane as well as the reed gradually curves down. Does the reed easily mold to adapt to curves?
Homemaker on Jan 18, 2016
BEST ANSWER: The reed spline is soaked in hot water to make it pliable on curves during instillation. The gentle curve sown in the photo is easily handled. The spline will not curve around sharp corners, though. They need to be cut and mitered at the corners.
Should I stain the conventional cane fabric before I soak and install it with the spline or should I stain after installing? Is it common to finish with varnish or shellac or polyurethane and should that be done before or after installing, also?
Michael G L on Jun 22, 2018
Reed Spline
Reed Spline
Conventional Weave Cane
Conventional Weave Cane
BEST ANSWER: Hello Michael, I have replaced cane weave and spline on numerous chairs over the years. Soak your cane supplies and complete the replacement procedure. Let the chair dry for completely. With the high humidity here on the gulf coast I give 24 hours. Then do your staining. When that’s dry you my use any of the sealer products you mentioned successful.
How long is the reed spline per order?
Dean P on Apr 5, 2017
BEST ANSWER: from the Rockler catalog
Technical Details

•Tapered for easy insertion
•Color: Cream
•Length: 10 ft. (may be in multiple pieces)

you can splice it

order more than a minimum
Recipe of solution to remove old spline ?
Cary R on Apr 1, 2017
Have not needed to use this, but should work

Removing Old Cane and Spline
1.Use a utility knife to score the old cane
along both sides of the spline in the
groove all the way around the chair.
2.Use a hammer and a spline
chisel (or a chisel that’s narrower
than the width of the groove) to cut
off the old cane and remove the
spline. Be careful not to chip
the seat.
If you have trouble removing
the spline, it’s possible it was installed
with hide glue. Mix a solution of 1/2
pint warm water and 1/2 pint
distilled white vinegar and pour on
the spline. Let the spline soak until
it’s loosened. Be sure to check that
the solution won’t harm the finish on
the piece.
3.Make sure that all pieces of old
spline and cane are removed from
the groove. If you used the vinegar
solution, be sure to let the groove
dry fully before installing new cane
and spline.
I need to paint the replacement caning to match the other chairs. Do I do this before or after I replace it?
Nancy E on May 18, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Why would you want to paint cain? If you have to paint it - paint it after you're finished. I use danish oil on mine. After a few months the natural patina makes an almost perfect match.
Can you stain the cane material to match what I have on my other chairs?
judy s on Feb 25, 2016
BEST ANSWER: This cane can be stained, but it's not easy, especially if the tone has to be fairly dark. It may take more than one application of the stain. After application, the underside of the stain should be wiped as clean as possible to allow for lemon oil, etc, to be applied later to keep the cane from becoming brittle over time.
How wide is the cane that you sell for $0.59 per linear inch? My chair back cane is 14" wide.
Steve D on Aug 13, 2015
BEST ANSWER: The 12" cane #41012 and the 14" cane #41020 are both sold at $0.59 per inch
How to repair bentwood chair seat?
A shopper on Apr 11, 2015
BEST ANSWER: There not repairable,you will need new sheet cane and spline - on average, we charge 175 - 200 to recane seats or back , plus finishing 25-45 depending on color
You do not Sell pre woven sheets to repair chairs? Only spline?
Debra S on Sep 26, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Rockler offers Conventional Weave Cane in 12", 14", 18" and 24" widths and will cut it in 1" increments. Here is a link that will take you to the product:
What is the most successful way of smoothly cutting the Reed spline without splitting or damaging the spline?
Michael G L on Jun 22, 2018
Reed Spline
Reed Spline
Conventional Weave Cane
Conventional Weave Cane
BEST ANSWER: Be sure spine is thoroughly watersoaked
My chair seat I intend to cane has a "groove" for the spline that is 1/4" wide but 1/2" deep. Do I buy the spline for the width and just accept that groove's depth will not be fully filled?
John T on May 4, 2018
BEST ANSWER: If you want the spline to be level with the seat, why not glue down a 1/4 by 1/4 filler strip to take up the depth? But glue this down into the groove and let it dry before you start caning. In that way you won't remove it when re-caning. Then re-cane with the 1/4 spline. Also, use something harder than pine for the filler. Otherwise, if, when re-caning, you have to chisel out the old spline, you may find you're removing some of the filler.
I've read where some people recommend a coat of poly over new cane material (without staining). What are your thoughts on this?
Scott G on Nov 22, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Scott, I can only tell you how I like to finish it, first off I wipe glycerin on the caning (top and bottom) and reed after installation. I let this soak in for a few days 3-5 then use a water based poly on the top of the caning and on the breeding. I try not to get too much on the bottom of the caning for the simple reason that you can still apply glycerin to the bottom once in awhile, it keeps the caning supple and helps to keep it tight. Marck S
Two questions. Can I buy an instruction book from Rockler? 2. how does one cut and get the corners correct to push into the spine groove in a chair seat?
Robert T on Jun 11, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I don't know if they have instruction books, but if you have access to the Internet, go to youtube and check out peerless rattan's video. I have done many of them, and it's pretty easy. There are lots of videos there that will help you.
caning instructions?
j w on Jun 2, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Check out Youtube vidoes on this topic. There are some great ones that show you set by step.