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I'm new to woodworking and am trying my hand at making chests as a hobby. The size of the chests would be 80x50 cm (+- 32" x 20") length and width (depth will vary). The challenge I have is that I would like to make the lid out of a hollowed out tree trunk to give it a rustic look. I can get a timber mill to cut my tree trunks in half lengthwise which I then slice with a chainsaw into 80 cm long pieces. I hollowed out my first one by cross section slicing with a skill saw (dangerous since the saw catches and rips) and then labouriously chiseling out the square pieces. I then sanded. The process took me two days. Does anyone know of a safer and quicker method?
 
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