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Halving 2” slabs/wood slices

Hi- I just received several 2-2.5” thick walnut slabs and maple slices. They are all wide, too wide for a planer. Any thoughts on how to turn them into 1” thick? I don’t have a bandsaw. Am I out of luck??
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Why do you want them thinner and do you have photos of the surfaces?

One possible solution is to find a local sawmill

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I plan to make cutting boards/charcuterie trays with them. Right now they are quite heavy and would be better thinner.
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If you only have a few to cut go to your local hardware store and pick up a bow saw in the gardening department, as you saw into the round rotate it occasionally so you have a guide as you saw all the way through.

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You can make a jig and rip the boards right down the middle. Then run them either through a band saw or a planer and then re-glue the edges you made when you ripped them. By gluing the edges you created when ripping and gluing them back together, the seam will not be noticed and the glue joint is stronger than the actual wood itself.

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holding them is a problem ....

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Hi- I just received several 2-2.5” thick walnut slabs and maple slices. They are all wide, too wide for a planer. Any thoughts on how to turn them into 1” thick? I don’t have a bandsaw. Am I out of luck??

I would use my chainsaw, but make a jig to hold them securely. Sawing a round vertically on a bandsaw is dangerous unless it's held very securely AND OP has no bandsaw AND purchasing a long bow saw blade may prove too expensive for this short term application ... I donno?


Chainsaws are fairly plentiful in rural areas, and I own several in different sizes. You should have previous experience in their use, BUT it wouldn't be any different than bucking a typical firewood log.

The major issue is securing the slice for the cut. I'd use a large "L" shaped bracket screwed to the top of a large log, with my piece screwed to the open face of the bracket with "appropriate length" screws.... not so long that they will be in the saw path! It should go quite easily with a sharp chain ........


The answer to your question will only be as detailed and specific as the question is detailed and specific. Good questions also include a sketch or a photo that illustrates your issue. (:< D)
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as fresh as those rounds look, I wouldn't put any effort into the project until they've seasoned and you find out how many pieces they're going to crack into.
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Hi- I just received several 2-2.5” thick walnut slabs and maple slices. They are all wide, too wide for a planer. Any thoughts on how to turn them into 1” thick? I don’t have a bandsaw. Am I out of luck??
Hello Eburrice,

Looks like you got your hands on some great pieces of wood.

As you have probably gleaned from the other posters, there are many way to do this type of work. Of course, doing what I do, I would strongly second John Smith's recommendation of a "Frame Saw."

With your 4 pieces of wood you have two that will require a "ripping blade" and the rounds (aka "cookies" as some call them) will require a "cross-cut blade." Those are actually the easiest to cut either by a handsaw as Frank C rightfully suggested...or with a power tool like a chain saw which is a lot more dangerous if not use to them...and of course much more expensive to purchase.

On the point of making them thinner, that of course is an option. However, these appear to be very green pieces of wood. If you do slice them thinner, they are more prone to wrapping out of shape and/or splitting/checking, especially in the rounds. I can share that the thickness you have are about as thin as I go for cutting boards, yet the charcuterie trays are a more delicate item and would benefit from being thinner in most styles of them, but not all.

You can work with them green (of course) or wait for them to dry, but that all depends on your style of woodworking, skill sets and tooling methods.

There are some great posts here on the forum cover much of this. I can post links to them if you are interested or you can do a search yourself.

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I would use my circular saw to cut round using my workmate to hold and rotate as I work round. Then use a hand saw.
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Hi- I just received several 2-2.5” thick walnut slabs and maple slices. They are all wide, too wide for a planer. Any thoughts on how to turn them into 1” thick?
It'd be sad to waste the thick slabs. You could trade them for more appropriate and manageable sizes.
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