I'm working on a couple of little projects with the curly ash I've had up in the barn for a few years. Our younger son needed a tall, narrow bookcase for his dorm room and he chose a highly-figured piece for the backboard at the top.
Here's the rough-cut board below.
We smooothed up that piece using some fairly crude methods (beltsander) after jointing and thicknessing. The amount of tearout was really serious and unacceptable.
What's your preferred method of smoothing wild grain? Any guidance on some handplane choices? What about LV's scraper plane? Cabinet scrapers? High angle? Low angle?
Thanks guys. Enjoy the weekend.