My initial idea was to make this table as much by hand, as possible, but my energy level and stamina have really been taxed, especially in this heat, so....
I have an idea: Why not make a sled and use the router to do the initial s moothening and leveling of the rough faces. In theory, this should go much faster, than hand planing, at least to get the faces into their most flat surface. A one track sled, spanning the whole slab, and just spin the sled and rout a path, until the whole face is "planed" to the same level.
Do you think this is a better, reasonable approach? Comments, advice, reco mmendations, etc. will be appreciated. I've never made a sled/jig or have used a jig for this sort of planing/leveling. I have a variety of straigh t bits, 1/4" to 1".
Another project: Mom gave me her walnut bedroom set, she received as a wed ding gift (1947) from her mother. I've been doing a few minor repairs and will refinish it. It will be given to my nephew's daughter, age 5, who is p resently sleeping in a bunk bed. I need to finish it by August, when they' ll be visiting from out-of-state. I'm anxious to work on this project. I enjoy working on old pieces, as this, especially ones with a family connect ion.