I was able to take my top to the night class I have been attending. They have a beautiful wide belt sander. It has two belts and it was set up with 120 and 150 grits.
Before sanding, i just hit the high spots with my Bedrock 606.
The machine is very accurate to the point where the second belt is set just a few thousands deeper than the first belt so that it grinds out the grooves from the rougher grit. It only takes about 8 thousands of an inch per pass and it took about five passes on each side to come up with a perfectly flat and silky finish. It did take three of us to feed, catch and flip the top.
I had thought about using a table saw to rip and cut the top to length, but it was quite difficult to handle the top. The school also has a Festool track saw so I used that to rip the table to width, then cut to length, and finally cut off the corners of the top. I had never used a Festool before and it was dead on accurate and very easy to use. The saw and track are are great tools and if they would cut the price by 2/3 I would own one.
Finally I wrapped cardboard and cutoffs on all four edges and shrink wrapped the entire table. Even though I can’t lift the table alone, I can lift one end and using some rollers I was able to get it into my truck, haul it home, and then reverse the process to get it into my shop. The top still needs butterfly keys cut into the table and chip carving done on the edges. I am going to have to put that off for a while and get back to finishing the stretcher.