Several years ago, I put out an ad on Craigslist for old cedar fence boards that remodelers were tossing. Found this lady with obscenely thick and wide boards (1 inch by 12 inch by 6ft) with drastic weathering and old stain. Kicking myself for not getting all 300 boards, but I took what I could at the time.
So I ran a board thru a planer to smooth out one side, but left the other side alone.
Yes, the GF will power thru .75 inches of cedar at 100 speed and 3x passes. However, for this run, I did an old school jigsaw.
I overlaid a map on the “clean” side, and left the back side “dirty”. I like them both!
This is cool! We replaced our old cedar fence a couple of years ago, but we still have hundreds of cedar planks stacked around our yard while I figure out what to do with them. I love the idea of using a planer on one side but leaving the other side weathered.