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Is planing the way to level this surface

Bill Tindall, E.Tn.
"finish planing a cross-banded or inlaid surface"

Is there any reason to believe planing is the "best" way to level such a surface?

I don't do a lot of inlay and haven't seen a lot done in shops so I don't know what is commonly done to level inlay. The one example I have hands-on experience with was doing inlay and stringing with Steve Latta. We scraped things level. I saw a cross banding demo with Phil Lowe and the result was scraped.

I don't have any experience with "toothing planes". Weren't they designed for veneer smoothing to deal with unpredictable grain?

Let's discuss "best". For me, with the goal of delivering a product(furniture) to someone, best has numerous factors whose importance depends on the details of the operation. If the operation is done on something where a lot of labor or materials have already been expended reliable becomes the most important factor in "best". Personally I would not risk planing a Federal leg with shell and bell flowers or a figured border of satinwood when scrapping is an equivalent alternative. I would be taking the chance that I could set up a plane to plane tear-out free and not lift a piece of inlay under every circumstance, with no benefit from the decision to plane instead of scrape.

To answer your question on shaving diagnostics. In the K&K tutorial for the students at their tech school, shaving length was the diagnostic. (they are probably being schooled in planing house beams not inlay). When the cap iron was set too close the shaving compressed in length. Left unsaid, however, if the goal is to be 100% sure the inlayed table top with 20 hours of labor in it planes tear-out free and not lift out a piece of inlay, what is the safest setting? Performing final steps on a labor intensive element of building something focuses your mind on avoiding risk.

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