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This is again the place to come for creative ideas on a dilema I've encountered.
I have a customer that wants me to create a 24' long bar top with two slabs of 3" thick walnut (20" wide, 12' each) they milled on site. I've checked the moisture content and calculated movement so there is no problem there.
The customer side of the bar is to be left live edge; that's the easy part. The other side of the bar has to have a straight edge. Also, where the two slabs join together has to be straight.
Problem: How in the heck to cut a straight edge on a 3" thick, 12' long slab on the customer's site? I don't have a circular saw with a depth cut of 3", but maybe I can rent one. My only other thought is to rough cut the straight edges with something and then use 2" pattern bits to get it straight. (Top bearing bit on one side, flip the stock and use a bottom bearing bit.)
Any other ideas smart people?