Dave Emerson replies: I can’t imagine cherry sapwood appearing later. I don’t know any way to conceal it—I’ve tried. I don’t use it unless it works in the piece. The contrast looks good in bowls and plates. I sand/final thickness figured maple on a belt power feed sander. You must allow enough extra in planing to sand out the tearout. Unless you have the right equipment, you should take it to a shop with a special planer head that can do it.