My recent dining table project build allowed me the perfect opportunity to dig into my stash of exceptionally wide – and wonderful – air-dried black walnut lumber. In that pile are boards up to 26″ wide. In the past I’ve dealt with some stock that’s wider than any planer I have access to by knocking down high spots on one side with a handplane, then running in through a C-arm drum sander. The sander can handle 18″ at a time, and the open end of the “C” allows the wider board to pass through. For each pass, the board has to be turned so the part that didn’t pass under the sander would get its pass. It’s a somewhat tedious process, needless to say.
For my table project, I selected two boards that I could bookmatch because they were sequentially slabbed off the log. Each board was just shy of 20″ wide.