The opportunity to make a big, heavy cherry table became the opportunity to meet (arguably) the best specialty supplier of cherry from the heart of the Appalachian forests (on the PA and NY boarder): Max Greeley of Rawood. It wasn't easy to find cherry slabs big enough so that two, book matched, would be able to make up the 44" x 102" top. Max has all sorts of amazing stuff.
A stack of big cherry logs to be milled.Here are the two slabs for the top as part of the ten foot long boule cut log.
The slab flattening process: a floating router that slides on rails. This contraption is part of the amenities available at The Urban Tree Forge - the big studio where I rent shop space.