It's always nice to be able to yield the entire top from one piece of wood, to me, it just gives the piece a good feel. Since I do not have the equipment to process and flatten such large pieces of wood, I still needed to cut the plank into small enough sections to fit over my jointer.
Below you can see after the top was selected, I ripped the rough plank into three sections on the bandsaw.
After these three separate boards were jointed and planed, I could begin the process of putting them back together. A seamless fit is what I want, showing no signs the plank was ever cut into three.
With a light shining behind the seam, you can see that even off the jointer, there is still small gaps. This could obviously be clamped together with force, but when doing so you are introducing stress back into the board, making seasonal movement all the more unpredictable.
Even and light passes of the hand plane, the gap is easily closed without any pressure.
Ready for glue up.