Elm is easy to plane, and then all of a sudden it tears out just as you do one too many swipes.
Elm is gorgeous. It is strong, resists splitting, and is a traditional wood for these kinds of chairs for these properties.
|One of the interesting parts of my seat blank.|
Jonas did some amazing things that I have never even heard of to get his settee blank ready. His bench is going to be absolutely stunning. Check out this video of him saddling his bench seat with a circular saw.
Enough artsy talk, have a gander at some pics:
|Jonas set this nice try plane up as a long scrub. It was perfect for this job. The elm behaved exceptional for this, that is except one of the more 'interesting' parts of elm had some nasty tear out that required some care in eliminating.|
|That high-angle blade really does the trick on any kind of grain.|
|We ripped some ash bending stock during one of our few side adventures today. Jonas really can work this mill efficiently.|
|My blank after smoothing. I guess these photos aren't really in order.|
|Bent. I guess his real name is Bernie, and begs for apples.|
|Saddling mostly complete. I cleaned up my less-than-skillful adze work with Moby Dick, and finished the shape with a scorp, a travisher, a couple of spokeshaves, and a few scrapers.|