I'm using a couple of pieces of mahogany from Warmoth to build the wings of a neck-thru project (build thread to come later
). They were nice enough to sell it to me without joining the two pieces even though that's not an option on their website, but I've got a quick question.
The piece for the lower wing came with a sizeable section of hairy/splintery surface area. It doesn't look to me like this is a case of the grain changing directions, but in any case, what's the best way to smooth this out without taking off a ton of wood? Should I plane, sand, rasp (thinking probably not rasp), or something else? Also, should I go ahead and smooth the whole area, or should I wait until I've cut out the basic shape and just smooth the part I'm using?
As alwasy, your help and input is much appreciated.
Here's a picture for reference (sorry for the cellphone pic quality):