For furniture building, a log length of 54 inches is about right; for
you'll want to make 'em 20 inches instead. Then when you saw planks
or split billets, do it with the end use in mind (you might want a
log intact if you like massive turnings, or split out slender sticks
your aspirations include greenwood chairs). Most commercial lumber is
so you open new opportunities if you make some 5/4 or 8/4 boards.
Probably you want to quarter the log before sawing boards.
The usual rules of lumber drying all apply, of course; seal the
paint or paraffin, use lots of sticks between boards for air
and occasionally restack the wood. After its in rough-board form,
Maybe the USDA Wood Handbook is a good start
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