The tool needed for jute webbing is called a webbing stretcher

If you are to install jute strapping on a older chair or sofa you will need a webbing stretcher. Some people say they are used to pull fabric tight. That is not the case.

These come in three types. The first one, the non-goose neck, is a piece of hardwood, usually maple, around 8 inches long by 3 - 4 inches wide. It has corrugated rubber at one end and a row of 6 steel teeth at the other end. The end with the corrugated rubber is placed up against the frame. If the frame is a finished part of the chair the rubber will protect it. The strapping, being tacked at one end, the opposite end is then placed over the steel teeth and secured. By pushing down, the strapping, will become tight.It is then stapled or tacked into place.

The next one is called the goose neck. This is the one I like and is the opinion of many professionals to be much safer than the non-goose neck. This one has a handle and allows you to get tight, and close to the frame. The goose neck design provides excellent leverage to get the strapping tight as a drum. It works great for the right and left hander.

Last of all is the steel jaw stretcher.These look like a pair of pliers with a 3.5 inch wide jaw. These could be use on fabric to give it that little extra pull but were made for webbing.

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