|Forum topic by Pete Tevonian||posted 05-31-2010 05:28 AM||1374 views||0 times favorited||7 replies|
05-31-2010 05:28 AM
We had a 60’ Siberian Elm taken down on our property, of which I’ve retained 330 bd ft as lumber, and two large-to-giant cross-sections of the trunk. One of the cookies, from the base of the trunk, measures 46” x 30” (roughly amoeba-shaped) and the other, from about 20’ up the main trunk is about 24” round. Both are 4” to 5” thick.
I’d love to make a coffee table out of the big one, but 5” thick is just too much. I want to cut it down to be thinner—maybe 2” thick when it’s all said and done—but I’m not sure of the best method. I’ve seen some folks recommend/use a router sled that can ride across a frame, to nibble away the wood to create a flat surface. That would seem fine for basic flattening of a rough slab but using that approach to cut away a 3” thickness of hardwood this wide/long seems like an endless task. Am I missing something?
My other thought was to create the same kind of sled, but for my circular saw. I would cut a cross hatching of 3” deep kerfs, and then going back with handsaw or chisel to chop out the remaining pins. But that’s a lot of end-grain sawing or chiseling. Is this an insane plan?
Who has a better method/idea? My first thought was to have the sawmill use a 50” chainsaw, but they weren’t confident the chainsaw wouldn’t mangle both pieces in the process…
Anyone successfully tackled a task like this?
Thanks in advance for any guidance!
-- Pete in Wilmette, IL