I’ve done some work in plaque making/odd jobs so I know an “average” amount of info about wood working. But I ran across a tree on the side of the road that the city cut down. Well long story short, I acquired some 5in thick wood slabs (I believe birch) that are about 3’wide 4’long. I know I need to dry them , but have no idea for how long( I live in Southern California) and the slabs have a u-shape bow in them., which is bugging me because I want to get in there and cut straight slabs, but don’t have a big enough saw to do so. I’m guessing i need to find a saw mill…and I don’t know if I should attempt to get it straight before or after it dries.
I heard some where that it takes an average of 1 year per in of wood thickness… Any truth to that? Especially since I’m in a desert environment.
Also, I’m thinking of cutting the slab to half the thickness to maximize profit, and possibly keep one for myself… Any reason not to?
So i need to know how I can cut the 4’ slab in half (thickness) or how to plane it down to level. Will a hand plane work?
And how long to dry, or how do I know it’s ready to be worked with.
Any help is appreciated.