I have had a 6′ long by 7″ wide by 2-1/4″ thick poplar slab that I picked up at Atlantic Hardwoods in Portland. I crosscut the board length in half and then ripped the board halves in half to create four oversized leg blanks. The crosscutting was the easy part. The ripping cut was a bit of a challenge since the board was roughly 9/4 thick. It took me about a good 30 minutes of slow and steady cutting, taking my time trying to stay with the line and to not tire myself out.