I am working on my back legs for this rocking chair. The concave or outside curves are straight forward in shaving and smoothing the curves; using a block plane or hand plane works great.
I initially used my pattern with a flush router bit. Now I am using hand planes, spokeshaves and card scrappers to match the two legs.
Where I need help is with the convex curves; those inside curves. My spokeshave has been helpful, but I am wondering if I should add a compass plane to my toolset. I like the ease of shaping a concave , an outside, curve with a block or hand plane. I would like to experience that same ease of shaping a convex or inside curve.
I am interested to hear comments from woodworkers with much more experience in chair making than myself. What do you say or recommend for best results? Do you own and use a compass plane? Have you had good experience using them?
-- --- Happy Howie