I agree with Coop...Wixey gauges are a waste of space. All of your boards that need to be exactly the same thickness should be going through the planer at exactly the same time, and who cares what that thickness actually is? Do without it. Matters not.
Excellent article Eric. It appears most of the mahogany I've used over the years is indeed African (very nice to work). I thought so but nice to have it confirmed. I'm going out to the shop to inspect some pieces I obtained a few years back to look at that end grain for parenchyma. It may be that I still have some genuine in stock! I do like sapele bearing in mind that interlocking grain can be a problem. Thanks for posting this.
I have a sickness. Someone please intervene.
Current projects "in progress" for Christmas: 8 cutting boards, 4 keepsake boxes, 3 bangle bracelets, 1 candy dish, 1 wooden spoon ( and a partridge in a pear tree...)
If only any one of them were actually finished!