you will need:
a jointer
a band saw
a planer
and some fire wood

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Step 1:

first joint your fire wood so it has 2 flat sides that are at a 90 degree angle.

Step 2:

make sure your band saw has a nice long fence and set your saw to your desired measurement plus some extra. this will give you something to plane off for a smooth surface. a deep/wide blade is recommended.
take your time and keep your wood square and flush to your bed and fence.

Step 3:

then cut off the unwanted bark portion.
you can also do this on a table saw if available.

Step 4:

now run it through your planer on each side and you'll have a beautiful piece of usable wood for your projects!
I use this method quite a bit. I only use a thickness planer and table saw though. it's pretty handy though when trying to save $$ on wood for projects. used it on several different types of wood and made this awesome cutting board out of them.
<p>That looks awesome! You should make an Instructable on it!</p>
looks good! what kinda of wood? or did you stain it?
<p>Nothing more satisfying than milling your own project lumber, especially if it's White Oak, quartersawn.</p>
way to make some nice usable wood most people would normally burn

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