Decided to make a trestle table out of ash, which I had never worked with before to any degree, and when I hand planed the table top, it tore out like crazy. Is ash known for tear out?
(Details: The 3 x 6 ft top is make up of 7 boards. There was not a lot of tear out on the jointer or the planer, but after glue up, when I hand planed there was plenty. First I used a jointer plane to go corner to corner–very sharp blade but some major tear out in four or five spots. Second I used my Lee Valley smoother and low angle smoother set on very fine settings with newly sharpened blades, but I still got some tear out, though not as often or as deep. So I used an inline sander with 50 and then 100 grit. At the moment there is very little tear out but, predictably, the table top is no longer level.)
Any suggests on how to proceed so I have better results?