Suggested Labor Charges for Chair Caning and other Seat Weaving

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  • Remember to add the cost of materials to your labor.

  • Remember that some geographic areas charge more.

    Charge what the market will bear in your area- based on the cost of living. You should always feel comfortable that you’re earning a fair wage for your work.

  • How much to charge for labor for re-caning chair seats?

    Generally, the current charge for re-caning chair seats with holes is $1.35 per hole. Count the number of holes around the entire frame and that’s the $ amount that you should charge for labor alone. Add your materials cost to that.

  • How much should you charge for labor for Binder Cane seats- like New England Porchweave, Finger Lakes Fan, Herringbone Weave?

    New England Porchweave or Finger Lakes Fanweave and other seats in Binder Cane is $6.50 per inch. Measure the longest rail. For example: 15″ across front rail x $6 = $90 labor per chair. Add the cost of materials to the labor charge.

  • How much to charge for Shaker Tape seats?

    $4 per inch, measuring the longest side. This is for labor only. Add materials costs. (Also, remember that there are regional differences in what the market will bear.)

  • How much should you charge for labor to re-seat a chair with cane webbing?

    $3.75 per inch, measuring the longest side. This is for labor only. Add materials costs. (Also, remember that there are regional differences in what the market will bear.)

  • How much should you charge for labor to re-seat a chair with cane webbing?

    $3.75 per inch, measuring the longest side. This is for labor only. Add materials costs. (Also, remember that there are regional differences in what the market will bear.)

  • How much should you charge for Splint Weave seats woven with Flat Reed or Ash?

    $5 per inch, measuring the longest side. Add materials costs.

Caning Pegs, set of 6

Hardwood caning pegs. Used with chair cane projects that have holes around the perimeter. It’s a good idea to order an extra set with your kit.

Caning Awl, Wood Handled

Chair caning or basketry awl. Wood handle. Blade length 2.5 inches. Overall length 6.25″. Made in USA. If you like your tools Made in the USA, this is the awl for you. *Awls are never suitable for use by children.

Spring Clamps

Spring clamps in 3 sizes. 6″ 2.40 each, 4″ 1.90 each; 2″ 1.10 each.

If you’re weaving a seat with a dowel frame, you need at least one 4″ clamp to hold your weaving in place when you take a break.

De-Glue Goo

De-Glue Goo quickly softens and dissolves all water-based adhesives making spline removal a much simpler task. De-Glue Goo is the only non-toxic gel that will dissolve hide glue, white glues, and yellow glues quickly and easily.
Suggested Labor Charges for Chair Caning and other Seat Weaving