if you are going to use white oak, you need to first cut it, then air dry it for 3 years. After that, you de-bark it, cut it into staves, or appropriate chunks that you want, and then apply the proper toast to it.
The only thing that kills me on the whole process is is the air dry for 3 years. That is the part of the process that helps to eliminate the resins that cause the off tastes, and sadly the one part that cannot be skimped on. Kiln dried white oak is VERY harsh. Trust me on that one