For a little while, I've been buying longer Southern Yellow Pine boards at 'ye olde orange home center' that contains pith.
The idea is that I'll rip out the pith and some surrounding material and then leave a couple inches of more stable quasi quarter-sawn or rift-sawn boards. Considering the cost of the boards, seems like a pretty sweet deal if I can hack it.
I was able to do it a few times successfully. The boards I'd rip from the original 2x10 ended up being pretty stable, barely moving even after weeks after sitting out.
The problem though, is it's REALLY hard to rip. The tension in the wood causes it to bind almost immediately. Terrifying on the table saw, especially on longer boards.
I tried cross-cutting 8' boards with my smaller battery-powered circular saw, but sometimes that saw would bind.
I tried the bandsaw just now, put a ton of effort into setup and supporting an 8' board. The blade started to bind up and I smelled a little burning, so I cut the power.
Here's a picture of my latest attempt: https://imgur.com/wEEDAOz
In this example, I started the cut initially on the table saw, didn't go well, then tried the bandsaw and the wood almost immediately closed up. Took some doing to free the blade.
I also left these boards in my lumber rack for weeks, maybe almost 2 months. I feel like it should be reasonably acclimated to the shop environment.
I've checked my power tools for square (table saw, bandsaw) and it's pretty spot on far as I can tell.
Am I missing something obvious? I realize wood tension is a thing, but I feel like it shouldn't be this hard. Is it me? Is it the wood?
Any help would be appreciated.