I finally managed to buy a used Jet 6 inch jointer. Wish I had an 8 incher, but I simply don't have the room.
So, when I buy rough stock, I cut it into lengths I can work with, meaning nothing over 4-5 feet.
I use a shop made sled to rip a straight edge on each board. Most boards are bowed somewhat.
Then it is time to move to the jointer.
Flatten one side. If there is a little over hang, I knock it off with a hand plane.
Joint one edge to the flat side.
Move to the planer and thickness plane the boards.
Then it is time to rip the boards into the approximate widths.
Cut 'em into rough lengths.
From there, I go by my cutlist and cut to final length.
And that is the way I do it.
It is so nice to have that jointer sitting there ready to go. It gets a lot of use.
Hope this helps.
That's my story and I'm stickin' to it!