Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Morris County, New Joisey
I'd also suggest gluing up stock to the size you want. I think it results in a more stable piece, and should avoid the checking mentioned by woodnthings.
I did exactly that for a QSWO kitchen table I recently built. I wanted legs about 2-3/8" square, so I glued 3 pieces together, then glued on some thin veneer that I resawed from the same stock, covering the sides that had the glue joint. I later made several light passes with the jointer & planer to square them up & reduce the thickness of the veneer somewhat. The end result is that I have nice QS grain on all faces of the legs, and unless you get down & inspect them closely, the glued-on veneer pieces aren't noticeable, especially after breaking the sharp corners with some light sanding.
Here's a picture of a cross-section of the legs, and a couple of the table. (Note that I didn't build the chairs, just the table)