I’m very fortunate to have a sawyer close by that caters specifically to hobbyists. These are very knowledgable and nice folks. Shameless plug: Hobby Hardwood Alabama
Here is a photo of the first batch of rough sawn cherry I chose:
I recently reconfigured and upgraded my dust collector http://lumberjocks.com/projects/95715 which worked out great because I jointed and planed most of this wood in preparation for this build. This picture shows how well the thien baffle worked:
I have a Grizzly G0452 jointer and a Steel City 40300H planer both of which do a great job preparing the rough cut wood for use.
I then sorted the wood based on the component in my design it would be used for:
It was really helpful to presort the wood this way and avoid waste. I soon found out that although ALL of the wood I bought was very high quality I didn’t do such a good job of selecting wood with consistent coloring and grain pattern. I ended up going back for more wood, being more careful this time. No sweat though. The wood which was not as consistent as I like will be used for the drawer boxes, interior structural pieces, or more cutting boards.
-- Todd, Huntsville, AL