Chances are, you're used to shaping wood to fit the project, whether you're carving ball-and-claw feet or shaping molding on a router table. But when you work with a large slab, you have to turn that practice on its head. The slab shapes the project. The slab is the star. Turning these unique pieces of wood into furniture requires a special set of skills, from buying the slab to handling it safely to flattening it and shaping its edges.

From Fine Woodworking #206