I’m going to be using two slabs of mahogany I had been saving for something special. They are both 2” thick, 15-1/2” wide and 4’ long. These are remainders after a $165 purchase several years ago; wood which has gone into a blanket chest frame, a chess board box and several other smaller projects. I want to make two Thorsen-inspired tables as bedside tables.
It is cupped a little, so I’m intending to square it up with hand planes before sizing parts. Here’s the rub: to save wood, I’d like to rip cut a 1-1/2” wide slab 15”x14” into two tabletops each 3/4” thick. I don’t trust myself to hand saw a line that deep and stay on it. My band saw is a 16” Laguna (not the HD; it would be a real challenge to do this) and I have a 1” 3TPI resaw blade, but, but….the only way I can see to do this is to use a point fence and pray a lot. Any suggestions would be most welcome.
Edit post: Well, forget that idea. I’ve owned this bandsaw for six years now and have never tried to resaw something this big; forgot my resaw capacity is 12”, so the bandsaw is out.
Second plan: I’m thinking I could add a high box fence to the table saw, bury the blade and cut in all around the squared up piece in the center, sort of like parting off a closed box top, and then hand saw through the middle. Too dangerous to bury the blade in that heavy a cut? I have a fairly good contractor’s table saw, an old Sears built by Edison that has never failed me in power, and I do have a new blade for it and link belt. Opinions, please!