That could end up as a very fancy shelf.
Figured maple is popular with builders of traditional style rifles. Some use broken glass to scrape smooth. Very tedious process.
Others wet the surface between sandings. There are as many favorite sanding materials as people who do this. Wet/dry automotive paper is used as a many others.
Try wetting the sand with fine paper on a block. Take yer time.
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