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Should I soak it in hot water or steam it to make it more pliable and force it back into place Unless you are in a position to make a new one I think this has the greatest chance of success. After you get the strip out to replace the cane and are then ready to reinstall it you might be able to coax the piece as-is back into position, starting in the middle ...


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I do have a question, do other people notice this odor/chemical? I ask because it's possible you are/becoming chemically sensitive to something. As jdv said, there is a good chance the wood was treated with a chemical to meet international shipping (kill pests) or some other similar treatment. If others don't notice it or find it almost unnoticeable, then ...


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You've done all you can do. Time and some sealing finishes can reduce some odours. But volatile chemicals (both natural and added) will be released no matter what you do. Well, maybe. We don't know what you are experiencing. It could just be the natural turpenes and other volatiles in the wood off-gassing, or it could be some sort of preparation Ikea uses so ...


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