Rough poplar board for legs of desk

Cut length in half.

Cut length in half

Nothing is flat.

Nothing is flat.

Overall view of sides.

Overall view of sides.

The boards cut in half, face view.

The boards cut in half, face view.

Overall view of the slab.

Overall view of the slab.

The half of a 12' board I purchased

The half of a 12′ board I purchased

Yes, I wrote poplar.

Yes, I wrote poplar.

Overall width view.

Overall width view.

Cut again, this time by ripping.

Cut again, this time by ripping.

As you can see, it is not flat.

As you can see, it is not flat.

Not flat here either.

Not flat here either.

I have had a 6′ long by  7″ wide by 2-1/4″ thick poplar slab that I picked up at Atlantic Hardwoods in Portland.  I crosscut the board length in half and then ripped the board halves in half to create four oversized leg blanks. The crosscutting was the easy part. The ripping cut was a bit of a challenge since the board was roughly 9/4 thick. It took me about a good 30 minutes of slow and steady cutting, taking my time trying to stay with the line and to not tire myself out.

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