Replacing Woven Paper Cord Seats on Danish Modern Chairs by Neils Møller, Hans Wegner, and Other Designers: PAGE 4


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I have now pulled the cord to the front rail of the chair where I will wrap it under the rail and attach it with a cut tack, as seen in the next image.

In this image I have attached the cord on the front rail of the chair with a cut tack to complete the front-to-back weaving of the chair.

This image shows the completed front-to-back weaving on the front rail of the chair.
And a view of the top of the chair seat, with the front-to-back weaving completed.

This image shows an old Moller chair with vintage weaving. At this point I am counting how many wraps of cord are between each of the front-to-back weaves. The number of wraps varies, and the number you use will depend on how closely your replacement cord matches the diameter of the original cord that was used to weave the chair. If the cord you use is even slightly different in thickness from the original, you will likely have to vary the number of wraps used between each of the front-to-back weaves.

To do the wrapping between the front-to-back weaves, you will need a single piece of pre-cut cord (you cannot really do these wraps by using cord directly from your big roll). The length of this cord varies, but I have found that 60 feet is generally a safe amount to cut from the roll without running a risk of running short of cord before the wraps are completed. Once you cut a 60 foot piece, fold it in half to find the middle. Take the middle of this 60 foot cord, and loop it over the middle nail on the chair's front rail, as seen in the image above. Use a hammer and tap this nail down to firmly lock the cord in place.

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