This is how most of my projects start their journey, rough sawn boards. These cherry boards began as a log my friend found on the side of the road. I stood the log on end and used a chainsaw to make 4 cuts down the length, which proved a fairly accurate yet time intensive process. Its best to have rough lumber around and wait till your ready to build something before squaring and smoothing up the surfaces, as the wood could move quite a bit between being processed and receiving the coats of finish. When I get “green” or fresh cut timber, I paint the ends of the wood, as it will dry about 6 times faster at the ends than on the surface, which leads to cracking and instability. These boards dried for about two years before I planed them.