I got a couple chunks of 4”+ thick pine, roughly 20” wide and 5’ and 4’ long from my trip to MN.
Milling that into pieces my tools and I can handle has been a workout. My table saw will only make a cut 3½” deep, as will my corded circular saw, so I would make the initial cut on the table saw, flip the piece and set it on a pair of sawhorses, then finish the cut with the circular saw.
Once I had it most squared up and down to 12” wide, I started running the slab through the planer to flatten it. Two 13 gallon drums of chips later, it’s thin enough that I can cut through it with the table saw.
Now it’s back to the table saw to make nice square ends and sides. I think this piece is going to be a bench for the guy who got me the wood. He’d like something to sit on at the foot of the bed for putting on socks in the morning.
Here’s the nearly finished top.
I’ll chamfer the edges a bit, and carve the flats above the chamfered edges, maybe doing some inlay, and have to cut a few mortises for the legs, but I’m pretty sure this piece will be the top of the bench now.