So part of the lingo I picked up is "re-sawing" which is pretty much just what it sounds like. Apparently, most people are used to getting crap to start with and they have to clean the lumber up. With no big table saw, I ended up using a construction job-site table saw to rip down the beams. How do you cut through a 4" thick oak beam--3/4" of an inch at a time. My only other option was to use a jig saw! (Pause for laughter). Those of you "in the know" will realize I just NAILED a funny power tool joke.

I don't know if it was the right thing to do, but when I split open the beams they were very soggy. I decided to sticker and clamp them while they dried for a week or so. I don't know if it did much besides rust my dad's tools.

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