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need advice in trying to make coffee from oak trunk

I was driving down the street yesterday when I saw a recently cut tree. There was a couple of nice pieces of the trunk that I thought I could turn into a coffee table. The piece is probably 3.5ft at the largest diameter and around 10 in thick. I heard oak cracks easy so I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions on how to treat the wood to prevent cracks. Also, what's the best way to go about cutting the wood into thinner slices in order to make the table? I was thinking a two person hand saw or just taking it to a local lumber yard. I'm new to this craft so anything helps
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It's not likely that you can prevent the cracking. It's already started in your second pic.

You could make a pre-emptive radial sawcut to at least make it somewhat controlled. Make it a design feature.

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For just a little more, you can do it yourself.
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You can seal the ends, but it will be ineffective at this point. I don't know of any method of cutting them thinner except using a router sled to remove the unwanted material.
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When I read the title, I wondered if it referred to ersatz coffee from roasted acorns.
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Belt Sander, 40grit, and tons of time.
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When I read the title, I wondered if it referred to ersatz coffee from roasted acorns.
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I was thinking it was going to be really difficult to grind it fine enough.

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The title threw me for a loop.
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Big saw....long bar and sharp chain. Make a bracket to hold it upright and cut slow. Find someone with a professional chainsaw that will take a bar big enough to get all the way through it. Stihl 440 would do the trick.....
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I have a Husky 372 XP and that would still be a big job. The saw would make quick work of cutting the log in half, but chainsaws aren't built for accuracy.
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I found a local wood working shop that said they could do plane it off and cut slices for $100. I don't know if it would be worth it if it just keeps splitting tho
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IMHO the most efficient and effective way to rough cut that piece into thinner pieces would be to find someone local with a bandsaw mill. I doubt they'd charge you anywhere near $100 to do it either.

I'd be interested to know how a WW'ing place is cutting that down for you. You might want to ask about that if you haven't already.

The chainsaw suggestions were good for a laugh.
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