In this "step" I've sanded the board down with gradual grades of paper.
I started out with the 120 grit belt sander. It's easy to get carried away with those babies, huh?
180 grit belt sander was next.
Then the 220 and 320 sanding paper on a block.
By now you've probably noticed the variation in the darker shade, in the mahogany. I assure you this was not as noticable at the mill where I picked this wood up. But if nothing else, it adds character. So one pointer... try to take it all from a single board.