I hope this post doesn't go on to long, but I thought I might explain where I'm at. As I said in my first post I am new to woodworking. A litte more that two years ago my cousin and I hired a sawyer to cut red oak trees that we took down to make way for a house. We did all the chainsaw work, cutting the butt logs and the tops for firewood. We did all the grunt work, wrestling the butt logs, carrying off the boards and waste etc. A lot of work for a flabby old grandpa (I turned 60 last month). We ended up with 1700 BF, half my cousins, half mine. We hauled the wood to my house, stacked and stickered it outdoors, painted the ends, and covered the stack with a tarp. It sat outside for one year and was then moved into the gararge. It's been there now for a little more than a year.
Now I want to make my first project with it. I'm going to make a bench top router table. I'm going to build the frame from the oak. Four days ago I picked out a board and went over it with a wire brush followed by a wisk broom. I brought it in and went over it with a shop vac. I then cut the rough lengths with a cicular saw. Next I jointed an edge and ripped the rough widths on the table saw. The pieces are now sitting on by bench.
I'm mostly concerned about the safety of the way I cut the rough pieces. Also, I don't have a moisture meter, so I am just assuming I can square the stock after being inside for a few days.
Thanks for comments on any of the above.