Some times I just can’t (and shouldn’t) do this. That was nice straight logs, grade sawn. When I get an ’’ugly’’ one I like to saw it out live edge. Decide how to lay it on the mill to get the best cuts is step one.
6/4 table top slabs…
8/4 live edge slabs… Kinda heavy fresh sawn 24’’-27’’ wide and I am 6’2’’ for scale.
I couldn’t live edge the whole log after a certain point.(butt end was too big) I can only cut 27’’ wide.
I cut some 10/4 future gunstock blanks and 6/4 table tops, just cut in ~48’’ then lopped that part off with a chainsaw. I had to square the butt of the log and mill out ’’regular’’ lumber (not pictured)
6/4 bookmatched table tops… the second picture shows the figure better.