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#1 posted 07-11-2017 11:51 PM

You should be able to find a sawyer on who will sell you a slab at
a reasonable price. Lots of ornamental
trees have interesting figure when slabbed
and if you can accept defects as part of the
wood you can probably get one pretty cheap.

Slabs can be flattened with a handheld
power planer without enormous effort,
using it like a hand plane. The corners
of the blades can be ground off to avoid
ridges. You may find that after seasoning
the wood and doing a modest amount of
flattening it makes sense to pay a shop
with a wide belt sander to bring the slab
to final dimension makes sense.

Eucalyptus is a hardwood. Pretty wiley
though because it twists as it grows in
the California climate.

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