Smoothing Satinwood

I picked up some new plane infills recently and removed some of the wax to begin the drying process.  I began with a card scraper to take the bulk of the wax off.  Then I switched over to a plane to get the wax that had soaked into the wood.  I started out using my best Stanley #4 on this piece of curly satinwood.  As I expected, the grain tore out on each and every curl.  I switched over to my #6 infill smoother and the difference was like night and day.  Using that infill on the heavily figured wood was a dream!  I quickly had a pile of fluffy, see-through shavings and the tear out on the surface was gone.  This satinwood billet will make a beautiful plane!

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