Most of you just don’t do it enough. When your full time job is dealing with all the lumps and bumps, you plan for it. Planning for it means less surprise and greater efficiency. Even in new construction, “nothing” is plumb...”nothing” is square. The eaves are full of bird poop.
Beautiful. Were you able to buy the finish locally? Although I have been using the same basic formula for years I am always tweaking things in the finish area. Being in SoCal my component choices are getting limited without crossing the border ;-)