Starting off with these two pieces of red cedar I saved from the river, they were originally one piece that cracked in half.
Set up a guide which will work for most of my lengthwise cuts.
This is the other piece.
After establishing my lengthwise cuts I plane the surfaces flat so I have a nice flat surface for the saw to sit on.
After planing and sanding we're looking pretty good.
Using the planed surface to establish square, I cut the lengths to 15", the slab is 2" so that will give me an even 17".
The grain looks awesome in these side cuts.
Sanded all the outward facing surfaces so the urethane will pick up on all the crazy color in these surfaces.
This is one side with a coat of sealer.
This is the other set.