I guess I'll just chalk it up to a crazy piece of wood. I had to buy a wood slicer blade to just resaw it: Wood Slicer Bandsaw Blade | Custom Length Bandsaw Blades I bought that on the recommendations of several woodworkers, for resawing very hard stock. The first blade I had tried on it started out sharp. After five minutes, the blade was dull, and I had a nice 1/4" groove in the edge of the piece. The wood slicer saved my bacon. Without it, I might still be staring at that slab of maple wondering what I can do with it. In the end, it worked out. some tools did better than others, and I just improvised my way through it. Actually, I think the surprising tool was the microplane. I was prepared for a serious fight carving the beveled edges into the maple, but in the end it only fought back a little harder the the mahogany.