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Re-caning The Seats On My Old Town Canoe

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous' started by Shirley Doell, Nov 11, 2018.

  1. Shirley Doell

    Shirley Doell Curious about Wooden Canoes

    I'm replacing the pressed cane on the seats of my canoe. I'm wondering if I should varnish the seats before or after installing the cane? Maybe one or two coats first? Should the cane be varnished? Thanks for any help and tips.
     
  2. mccloud

    mccloud Wooden Canoe Maniac

    Certainly do all the prep work on the seat frames before you replace the pre-woven cane. I will re-glue if needed, sand, oil, and 3-4 coats of spar varnish, then new cane. You will get a variety of opinions on how to best extend the life of the cane. Some use thinned varnish, or linseed oil, or something else to keep the cane as water repellent as possible. Tom McCloud
     

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