Several months ago a coworker clued me in to a craigslist walnut entry. We went and checked it out and I decided to buy two of the 5 boards. With jigsaw and bandsaw I converted two large raw walnut boards to pieces sized for the various components of the Walnut Hallway Table I’ll build. I left everything in the original 8/4 thickness and stickered them for a couple weeks until they settle into their new sizes.
I set up saw horses and rollers to support the boards to cut to length. The wider board will supply a bookmatched top and side rails, the other board will supply legs and aprons.
I used a 1/4 inch strip of leftover plywood to screw to the board as a straightedge to run through the bandsaw. Then I trimmed the other edge from the first (since everything is cut oversized.) There’s also a pile of small pieces suitable for small turning projects. If my job withstands this year I’ll get a lathe for Christmas. (The Jet 1220 sounds like a good beginner lathe.)
-- Anybody can become a woodworker, but only a Craftsmen can hide his mistakes!