So I also have another theory on what I think is tear out and I am now wondering if my problem is actually tear out or if it is just crappy lumber. I was at Menards -where I purchase all of the lumber for these bottle openers and took the picture below thinking someone on this forum could shed some light on the subject. I buy this lumber in 4X6, 4X8, 4X10, or 4X12. The length i choose all depends on the end grain that is visible in the picture. I will choose the end grain with the least amount of pitting that is the least warped in whichever length meets these requirements and then cut to length in my shop that my wife constantly reminds me is just a garage. every once and a while I will luck out and find one that has no pitting on either side of the grain and is very straight -but it is a rarity. I have been told that when the wood is pitted like in the picture below, it is because it was harvested too young and was waterlogged (for lack of a better word) over its short life. When I have no choice and have orders that must be fulfilled, I will purchase this pitted wood if good non-pitted lumber is unavailable on the shelf. When I cut it down into 10.5 inch lengths and compare it to a non-pitted piece of the same length, the weight difference can be anywhere between 20% - 25%. Does anyone think that the problem I could be experiencing could be more of a lumber issue and less of an equipment issue? Thought I would ask just to get an expert opinion on the subject... Thanks in advance!