Planing Down "Curly" Maple
One of my current projects involves planing down rough maple. I was surprised that a few of the boards turned out to be of the curly variety; very beautiful stuff. I have, however, noticed that I am getting small chips/gouges at random spots in the wood. They are not very big....the biggest about 1/4", but enough that it renders the 8 ft length I need useless unless I use a filler of some sort (which I am unwilling to do). This does not occur with the "normal" maple, so I must assume it is a characteristic of the wood. I have put the boards aside with about 3/16" left to take off. I would greatly appreciate any advice on how I might avoid this and if anyone has had experience with planing this type of wood.