The lacewood is a fairly soft wood but i imagine it tears out like mad. I have a helical planer and jointer so hopefully that will help. My wife hates the stuff, so not sure what im going to do with it. Maybe shop furniture lol !
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No user review to report yet, as I'm still away from home. FWIW, the one I bought is just a cheap Shop Fox branded model. I picked it up at one of the "Tool Outlet" stores in Sevierville TN. Pretty much an overgrown Harbor Freight. I don't exactly expect a 'Veritas' experience, but it looks good enough to do the job, once I hone it and dial it in.
You want the pores of the grain to be darker, so as to stand out? I would suggest a light coat of shellac to seal the wood fibers, then a coat of darker stain, perhaps a gel stain. After that dries, sand it back to remove the stain from the surface, but leave it in the pores. Then proceed with your top coat. Although the gel stain is staying in the pores, it won't fill them enough to affect the texture.