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  1. Thanks Jim.

    I see that LN is offering a 90 degree scraper blade for my 62, I might try that out. Im sure wetsanding with danish oil will have an effect too
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    Striped Sapele, Sipo Mahogany, etc.

    The alternating grain pattern is not only prone to tear out - it's "fault line" for splitting.

    I had good results smoothing with a Sandvik carbide scraper at 90 degrees to the grain followed by automotive wet/dry fine sandpaper. Planing with the grain was a nightmare.

    If you can provide some backing to panels with plywood, it should last through casual use.

    You're not alone in this struggle.

    Jim in Massachusetts
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