5 foot log table help

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Forum topic by ZackNovice posted 07-24-2017 04:55 AM 603 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-24-2017 04:55 AM

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Hi there i am new at attempting to make my own furniture, seeing i just bought a property and i have more wood than cash now. Basically i am limited on tool looking to see.what i would need for this project. And how i can accomplish this the cheapest and easiest way while still appearing well crafted. So here is the project i cut a 5 foor long log in half with a chainsaw, (proably weighs about 150 lbs) was wondering how i would go about getting the top level and flat as it is somewhat divited and has high and.low points because the uneven cut of the chainsaw. Was thinking abouy cutting the other half into segments and laying it on the flater side and cutting divits in the rounded end to sit my table on top of as just a way to raise it slightly, make it level when it sits

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#1 posted 07-24-2017 07:22 AM

Two ways come to mind depending on the tools you may already own.
The first is to use hand planes. A scrub plane is probably needed given the surface is so rough. After that a jack plane or a joiner.
The second is to use a router and rails. If you search on YouTube for flatten wide board, you’ll see what I’m talking about.
There are other ways, but these suggestions don’t require machines.
Good luck.

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#2 posted 07-24-2017 01:16 PM

Scrub plane or a jack plane with a rounded cutter. Plane sideways and diagonal to the grain until you get it level then switch to a jointer plane.

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