Another option is to find someone with a full size CNC. I have done this on my CNC many times with a 1-3/8" diameter carbide insert cutter. You will have some slight swirl marks to sand out, but it will come out dead flat.
Sorry I guess I should have said the location, i was looking around Winston-Salem/GSO area, but I think I'll glue it in smaller sections, thats sounds better, I'm kind of new at these large projects so I'm still learning.Hey Louie. It would help to know where you are, so that we could provide more local advice (assuming you don't want to drive cross-state to do this).
Second, planing full size table tops is not typically done (in my view). Many surface portions, then glue up the larger piece, achieving close to flatness in teh glueup - and using a hand plane, belt sander or other means to flatten. A large planer for a home shop is generally no more than a 20" width - although of course there are exceptions. Commercial shops may of course be able to use and justify larger equipment, but these aren't necessarily in the business of providing services.
Two sources that MIGHT work out for this request, both in the Raleigh area.
- Scott Smith (member here on NCWW) has some large timber handling equipment - and MAY have a extra large planer, but I don't know whether he does. He is in New Hill, south Raleigh/Cary/Apex just off US1.
- I believe hte name of the business is Raleigh Reclaimed - not surprisingly in Raleigh, I think downtown somewhere. I believe they provide WW-ing services and again MAY have a (extra) large planer.
I believe more shops have large capacity belt sanders, although maybe there it may not be enough for a full size table top; some may use sanders to flatten (although the 'bite' per pass is much lower than a planer).
Hope that helps
That's a better plan. How big is your "large farmhouse table" (length x width) and which wood will you be usingSorry I guess I should have said the location, i was looking around Winston-Salem/GSO area, but I think I'll glue it in smaller sections, thats sounds better, I'm kind of new at these large projects so I'm still learning.