I just got a fairly nice piece of 9/4 maple. At least a lot of it was nice. One end is slightly discolored and is very very hard to push a freshly sharpened hand plane through. The power jointer doesn’t like the piece either and saws have a tough time too. I think the piece is impregnated with sap, though I don’t think I’m in sapwood, as most of the piece looks like normal maple. I’d like to use the piece but am looking for suggestions as to how I might make some progress working it down. It took some doing, but I have an edge and a face perpendicular, so I can start cutting. However, I suspect that cutting will just reduce the size of the tough pieces, not fix the toughness problem.
Another woodworker I talked too suggested a reasonable soaking of denatured alcohol on the working face, plane that down, recoat, plane, repeat until I’m where I want to be. Anyone else thoughts on this problem? I could just scrap the piece, but what I’m making is fairly simple in design composed of mostly straight pieces so I think I can get some use out of it. And I can keep the suggestions for future reference.
Thanks in advance.