Well, the fore plane is finished! I'm really happy with how it turned out.
The plane is capable of very aggressive work, more so than my Stanley jack plane. And the chip clearance is fantastic, better than any plane I have ever owned. Here are a couple of action shots. First some pine:
And some elm:
Oh yeah, I almost forgot: I got some air dried elm! Had to drive 2 1/2 hours up to PA to get it. It will make some really nice seats for those chairs.