I've been in the process of making some popcorn tubs from California Buckeye. to get the size I'm after (10"w & tapering to 7 1/4" x 9 1/2" t) I'm going end grain. it seems to be a very soft wood and very susceptible to major tear out even with freshly sharpened tools on a vari-grind. Do any of you have experience with such a project or this particular wood? Any pointers would be appreciated!