The actual installation of the cane is pretty easy. Cleaning out the groove was the hardest part, followed by fashioning a piece of oak into a cane-jam-it-in-the-groove tool.
Does it need some kind of finish on the new cane? Watco? Varnish?
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Posted by: Guideboatguy on Jan-29-14 4:44 PM (EST)
... that for boats, it's best to varnish it, but on the top side only. Apparently there's no way to seal it (tiny cracks in the varnish due to flexing maybe), so varnishing both sides can just make it take longer to dry. That's what some say at least. I like Pat's idea (from the other post) of carefully varnishing over the spline too, to help keep water out of the glue. No real flex happening there so it should seal pretty well.
Posted by: wccanoe on Jan-29-14 6:52 PM (EST)
A pro chair caner once told me to use very thin varnish on the top side only. I might thin the varnish as much as 75 percent with mineral spirits. Use full strength varnish on the spline. If you oil, I would use tung oil. Lately I have been leaving the cane unfinished, but I do like the color a little varnish or oil imparts.
yup topside only varnish naked bottom|
Posted by: kayamedic on Jan-30-14 8:12 PM (EST)
At least this is what a pro caner told me.
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Posted by: pilotwingz on Jan-29-14 10:42 PM (EST)
I'd varnish, so that nice wood won't get|
Posted by: ezwater on Jan-30-14 1:14 AM (EST)
Posted by: ret603 on Jan-31-14 1:00 PM (EST)
No sweat, Dave|
Posted by: pblanc on Jan-31-14 5:12 PM (EST)
A few coats of varnish on the back side solves that problem.
Posted by: wccanoe on Jan-30-14 9:16 AM (EST)
Just use carpenter's wood glue. When it comes time to replace the cane, soak the seat in warm water and the spline will come right out.
Posted by: jhb8426 on Jan-30-14 7:23 PM (EST)
Maybe I'm just sloppy and use too much, but when varnishing the top, how do you keep it from going on the bottom as well?
dry brush or mist spray ...|
Posted by: pilotwingz on Jan-30-14 9:51 PM (EST)
Posted by: old_user on Jan-30-14 10:30 PM (EST)
This past summer I re-did three canoe seats. I tried to stain the lighter cane to match the rest of the wood. They seem to have a coating on them and wont take a stain. The underside is not coated. I didn't like it and tried to rub it off but now I really looked bad. I ended up doing it over.
Posted by: wccanoe on Feb-02-14 9:28 AM (EST)
The coating is actually just the outer natural gloss on the reed used to make the cane.
Posted by: waterbearer on Jan-31-14 5:10 PM (EST)
I recently picked up a used canoe - 12 years old with the original seats. The owner said all he ever used on the cane seats was tung oil. Seats looked in very good shape, and the canoe has been used a lot - tell tale wear on the bottom.
Posted by: jhb8426 on Feb-04-14 1:03 AM (EST)
As I noted earlier here I was never any good with just varnishing the top so on my next one I've used Watco exterior oil with good results.