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Hello all! I’m new to the forums. Maybe this thread exists somewhere already, but I’m looking for some advice on something. I have two large rounds of cypress. I am trying to make them into beautiful live edge coffee tables probably on some vintage locking casters. However the first step is getting a uniform thickness to make this a feasible table surface. I have called every mill in town (Austin, TX) and I am getting “no” left and right. They’re either too small for large mills or to large for smaller mills. Any ideas on what a process might be? I was thinking I might get a chain saw, mark a uniform cut line around it, remove the uneven bit, and then maybe get a floor sander to smooth the surface. Any other thoughts? Last but not least, these round are about a foot thick and the larger of the two (the bottom one) is about 4 feet in diameter.

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#1 posted 589 days ago

Find yourself a large two-man crosscut saw and have it like they did back in the day. I see them on Craigslist from time to time. Maybe you can find someone who has one and will let you borrow it for those cuts.

Good Luck!

-- Mike

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#2 posted 589 days ago

Mills simply don’t want to hassle with it. The bigger mills can cut it, they just don’t want to. None of them tend to be very good with customer relations. If I lived close I would cut it for you. Maybe check for LJ’s in your area with a chainsaw mill. that would cut it.

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#3 posted 589 days ago

You could build a frame to support a router mounted on a movable rail. Easy to visualize; hard to describe.

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#4 posted 589 days ago

+1 to what clint said

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#5 posted 589 days ago

Either the hand saw or chain saw mill and then a router setup to flatten or hand plane. A good cross saw with two people should only take about 15 minutes to set up and cut.

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#7 posted 589 days ago

I love that jig setup. great idea guys. thank you.

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#8 posted 589 days ago

+1 to Clint

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