DIY Kiln drying 12/4 oak slabs
Hello, I am in the situation that an old water oak had to be felled and I now wish to mill and dry it. The 18 foot tall trunk is 33 inches across, pretty straight. No sawyers would show up to mill and dry it for me despite many conversations (too busy to deal with me). Thus, we bought a Timber Tuff chainsaw mill and will mill it ourselves. I am pretty confident about the milling process. However, despite researching DIY kilns, I am unsure re: pitfalls particular to drying 12/4 oak slabs. I plan to plainsaw this log to maximize yield/minimize waste.
The desired project for this wood is a farm table. All my thinking about processing this wood is related to this specific project. To prepare for it I have done much research on the Web, watched YouTube milling videos, found this site, and read the book "Harvest Your Own Lumber" by John English ISBN#978-1-61035-243-7. Nevertheless, I still cannot find much info about drying thick slabs of the nature I wish to harvest. Any input would be appreciated.