So, Basically seeing if I’m the only one who has a hell of a time with this: I usually use micarta because I love the predictability and consistency of working with it, but the current request is for ironwood. As I’m doing a full exposed tang, I’m having to do scales. The scales which arrived were, predictably, not perfectly flat and gapped noticeably, so I began the process of trying to flatten them. The problem is that the damned stuff doesn’t grind/sand consistently. I spent almost two hours sanding with sandpaper laying flat on a +\- 0.0003” flat granite work surface, and they got progressively WORSE as the different areas wore at different rates due to the variance in hardness. How do people work with this stuff? I mean, I’m willing to assume the blame but moving a piece of wood back and forth across sandpaper doesn’t really involve a lot of technique.