hi, my laminated woodworking project has epai and African mahogany
strips in it. kind of like a butcherboard. No matter how straight a
backing board I use. (I've even tried marble and tile) the softer wood
sands first and I have "dents" where the harder wood is proud. I don't
have access to a thickness sander. Any tips? Thank you.
I have to respectfully disagree here. I once used a scraper on a row of
mortises (craftsman style piece). The scraper cut a *noticeable* dip over
I would use the handplane in this instance as I *believe* the hard and soft
woods would behave the same given the curved edge a scraper presents.
Actually I don't own a curved edge scraper (didja hear that Santa? Hint
However, I always bow mine outward with my thumbs while scraping. That was
the curved edge I was referring to.
Should have said so, but I usually assume everybody is reading my mind. ;-)
I think you meant ipe for the hard wood. This is very dense. I have some
cutoffs from a colleagues deck project where I helped to install the
Perhaps the ipe dust is adding to the abrasion of the mahogany.
I have not tried to plane ipe, but I have planed maple, which is not as
dense. Maple is not easy to get an even stroke. Depends on how long the
board is. I expect ipe is even harder to plane by hand.
I agree with the suggestion to try scraping. Less dust and can be a
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