Next, I used a long straight edge to level four roller stands on either ends of my jointer. I'm lucky enough to have an 83 inches in jointer table. Having the roller stands dead on helped in taking the twist out of the timber.
Here are the before and after photos of one timber. They're representative of the majority of the wood.
There are also many "defects" such as this throughout the boards. Luckily, all the knots are nice and tight still.
Once I had a face flat, I made one of the adjacent faces square to the face. The next step was to resaw the remaining twist out of the timbers. I had to move my bandsaw to accommodate a 12 foot operation.
Now that all the timbers were "roughly" finished, I could decide the sequence of boards for the top. Taking into consideration knots, color, and material size in relation to the final project size.
At this point, I ripped some of the timbers down and then cut them to length. One of the boards I ripped was then processed at the tablesaw with the Excalibur sliding table and a dado blade to make the square dog hole strip.
This is the glue up. I used a paint roller and about a 1/4 gallon of glue. A total of about 14 parallel Jet clamps, 8 Bessey F-clamps, and four cauls to help keep the pieces all lined up.
Here are two shots of the top all glued up and ready for the next step of installing the BenchCrafted tail vise and laying out for the base.
The entire build is going well. As usual, it's taking me far longer than I anticipated. Maybe someday, I'll either get faster or better at estimating my time.