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Rocking Chair: An Online Course #4: Convex Curves: Does Anyone Here Recommend Compass Planes?

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Blog entry by HappyHowie posted 02-16-2016 03:41 PM 1070 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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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



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bearkatwood

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#1 posted 02-17-2016 03:40 PM

Depending on the curve a compass plane works great. 80-90% of the time I just go with a spokeshave. For a compass plane it needs to be a long continuous curve, but if it changes arch it is better to fair it with spokeshves. Just my opinion.

-- Brian Noel

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HappyHowie

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#2 posted 02-19-2016 03:31 AM

Brian, I would bet your opinion comes from years of woodworking. So your opinion is coming from years of experience. Thanks. Howard.

-- --- Happy Howie

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