I am posting this because I see a lot of folks on a budget making do with what they have. In 1988 I had a pile of oak 5/4×5 and 6 and needed stair treads for my house. At that time my best power tool was a Rockwell 9” contractors saw so I made do. I would like to take credit for this idea but it is so simple I am sure others have thought of it.
1 straighten the boards to be glued on your table saw.
2 put the strait edge against the fence and rip them to a uniform width
3 use some scrap wood for cleats to join the edges to be glued. Do this from the back side of your project. I use 3/4” pine and 1 1/4” drywall screws, I have on occasion used hot glue in place of the screws.
4 Put the widest kerf blade you have on your saw and set the rip fence so the center of the blade will be centered on the crack between the boards to be glued and set the blade height just high enough to cut through them.
5. Run them through the saw and watch to see that the blade is taking some material off both boards. If both boards are not touched by the blade in a few spots just back out the screws push the boards together and do it again.
As you can see by the pictures the result is a perfect joint. Although I now own a jointer I still use this method on stock that is too long to do on my jointer.
Not being a skilled computer operator some of the photos are out of order but I am sure you guys and gals are bright enough to frigger it out.
Ok I know I did not alternate the grain I was going for best face :)
-- A tube of calk and a gallon of paint will make a carpenter what he ain't