How did this turn out for you?
It needs another year and a half to dry, my impatient version of "old men planting trees whose shade they know they will never sit in".
I could just buy a piece of hardwood ready to work, I find them all the time whilst searching for guitar parts, but this is quite satisfying.
Do you have power tools to work it? Smoothing that by hand would be....
Exactly , I have a power planer I intend to use. Sanding educates me very quickly on my limitations.