Boise, Help needed with thin stock

I would like to create a jewlery box using some sapele I have. but I have a pb, I just can not get myself to plane down a 1 inch peice of nice wood to 1/4 inch. I was told that a band saw could be use to create "thin stock", ie, cut my peice of wood in 2 or 3 in the thikness. I would liek to know if there is anyone in this group that leaves in or near boise idaho and who is willing to give me a hand on this.
Thanks, cyrille
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