Replacement Cane Back for Kennedy Rocker

Replacement Cane Back for Kennedy Rocker


Note: Cane back is currently not available; we are anticipating a summer 2023 availability.  If you would like to be on a wait list, please email your information along with the age of your chair.  We have two sizes of backs and seats; one for older chairs and one for newer.  Measuring the back of the seat helps determine age.  If you need assistance call us!! (704) 872-7625

Your Kennedy Rocker's woven cane back should last for the life of your rocker, but if something happens to it a replacement back is available. Replacement requires the chair to be taken apart and put back together, something that probably will require the help of a professional furniture repairer or woodworker. Nails, not glue is used to assemble the chair so it should come apart, however, depending on the age and condition of the chair unforeseen problems could develop. We can supply the back but cannot guarantee the results of the repair. Replacement back consists of curved top and bottom back rails with cane. Available unfinished only, you will have to apply the finish you require.

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In order to replace the cane back, you must take the chair apart and put back together, something that probably will require the help of a professional furniture repair shop or woodworker with experience and the proper tools. Nails, not glue are used to assemble the chair. Depending on the age and condition of the chair unforeseen problems could develop. We can supply the back but cannot guarantee the results of the repair. The replacement back consists of the curved top and bottom back rails with the cane attached.

Here are some tips for replacing the back of your Kennedy rocker: The chair has two small nails in each side of the rail which is put in through the back of the posts so you will not be able to pull the chair apart without breaking or splintering the posts. You will need to saw through the old back rails keeping the saw as close as possible to the posts on each side. There will be some wood from the rails left in the mortise-ad-tenon joint after sawing the back out that you will need to remove very carefully and patiently with pliers and a wood chisel until you clean out the hole. You also need to remove the old nails somehow by gently trying to pull them out through the hole, maybe by wiggling them back and forth, or bending them out of the way, or cutting or grinding them out with a little drill bit or saw. Once you get all four joints cleaned out you can put in the new back by placing the rocker on its side and tapping the rails in gently on both sides. Finally, you will need eight small finishing nails about an inch or inch-and-a-quarter long to nail in from the back of the posts into the rails in the same way the old ones were. The nails are what hold the chair together. After all of this, you will probably have to refinish the chair too.

The last piece of advice is: try removing the back first to see if you can do it successfully before actually ordering any replacement backs. And you may want to call us for current inventory status before taking your rocker apart.

If, after trying to replace the back you find that it just isn't working out as planned remember we have plenty of new rockers in stock with all new and improved finishes and new colors too! Or maybe you just need a cushion set to help hide the frayed cane! We sell Sunbrella and dozens of other custom cushions made just for this rocker.

Comes with suggestions for applying the finish. You can also download the finishing suggestions here.


Kennedy Rockers

Returns Policy

If you are not satisfied with your purchase we will refund your money less any shipping charge we paid on your behalf as long as you return the item in the original, reusable packaging, and in original, new condition, within 7 days of receiving your order. Special order or custom orders cannot be returned or refunded. You must contact us phone or e-mail for a Return Authorization Number and return shipping address. Rockers must be returned to us in a like new, resell-able condition to avoid a restocking fee of $50 per chair. Return shipping charges are your responsibility. Our products are offered with included shipping, so please note if you return a product our actual outbound shipping cost will be deducted from your return refund. Our standard return policy also applies if you refuse delivery of your order, or cancel it after the order has shipped. You may wish to insure the your return against damage. Once your return is received and the condition of the returned item is inspected and verified we will refund your purchase price to the credit card that was used at the time of purchase, less any outbound or return shipping charges. No returns will be accepted without a Return Authorization Number.


We ship chairs and cushions to any of the 48 contiguous states. We do not currently ship internationally. Once your order is prepared, packed, and labeled for shipping, you will receive an email notification with your shipment confirmation and tracking number.