I have an acacia log (about 20 inches diameter by 5 feet long) that would be perfect for a table top. My problem is slabbing it. I don’t have access to a mill and my results in using a chainsaw to slab smaller logs worked but was not as accurate as I’d like. I cannot cut one side straight and true and forget cutting 2 that are parallel. It seems the bigger log will only compound the problems.
I was thinking about a variation on Offerman’s leveling jig (FWW #222). I would use Offerman’s basic setup with one modification. Rather than use a router to grind off all the waste – I don’t have that many bits – I thought I would use a circular saw. I would cut saw kerfs to the proper depth then chisel off the waste between the kerfs. I would get the log down to a managable thickness then use a planer to level it.
What am I missing here? Any issues that I need to be aware of?
Thanks for your help.