I do as Shaney shows. I have bearings of various sizes so if the rabbet will be on display I use a wheel marking gauge to slice the fibers along the path and change bearings in order to allow me to step up to final depth in a very controlled manner. If the cut is less critical I will just take a 1/16" or so at a pass manually until I reach full depth.
Hmm I wonder how Woodman does that. It is definitely tacky for 6-12 hours. What I meant is I sand it with 320/400 and then i wait 12-24 hours before applying the final wiped on coat. When you sand it, you might uncover areas of uncured finish that were entrapped by cured finish. Does that make any sense? Anyways, I dont sand and then immediately apply my last coat. This stuff is the most PITA product ive ever dealt with. I certainly hope it's as badass as they advertise, because it wouldnt be worth it otherwise. It smells so bad, and I run fans for hours with windows open. On the projects I need to seal this weekend, I am leaving them in the garage to cure.
Umm I went ballistic and thought the thing was ruined, which it kind of is. I have a bunch of 1/16-1/8" gouges over that 5-6" length. It doesnt help that this is for an interior designer that I work with on and off and the price tag was pretty high--i.e. it better be effing perfect. So, I could have sanded 1/16-1/8" off the top and hope i did it perfect unlike the 1st attempt, or scrap it. Thankfully, I have a second walnut island in the queue that is 5" shorter than this length and 5" wider. After I calmed down, I decided it was best to lop off the damaged portion as best i could, probably leaving me with a last inch or so that needs to be blended. Glue on another board to make it 41" wide and bob's your uncle. Really got lucky on having two extremely similar projects back to back like this. I almost had to eat 5 hours of labor and $250 in walnut.