About 4 weeks ago I was going through some of my more recent WOOD magazines and came across issue 180 Nov 2007. I have a lot of 4/4 Red Oak so I thought "So why not build this, what could it take, A week?) So I set off to build it. After a LOT of gluing up 2 and 3 boards to around 13" X 55" then planning them to 3/4" I was ready to start the fun stuff, squaring and dimensioning to the final sizes of the "Materials List" ; not such an easy task! First I thought it was me, and then I thought it was the tools out of square, and then I realized it was the wood. I never saw such movement in wood. It grew 1/16" in a matter of one week, I cut it again then a week later is was 1/8" to short, so I glued up a few more plus some extras. Well I checked and tweaked all my tools, sharpened my chisels now I was ready to do battle with the Red Oak. I am posting some photos of the first dry fit I did plus some photos of the Rough sawn lumber (Red Oak) I am using for this project. After I get a little closer to completion I will post some more for viewing. I sure hope this thing comes out good. I have learned a lot doing this project and the education has been valuable thus far.