I’m working on a project in solid sapele (a variant of African mahogany). It’s gorgeous, but I’ve read that it can give some planers some trouble. Anyone have experience?
I don’t strictly need it perfectly planed, but I do at least want to smooth out a rough-sawn face of a ~40" plank of 6/4 wood. Alternatively, the belt sander might do the job well enough? It’s just rough enough that hand-sanding would take an absurd amount of time because the wood is so hard.