Ok, I first of want to thank you for this thread. Absolutely a help. I am pretty much copy everything but using a kenmore 8.8 and a johnson temp control. Everything else pretty much identical. Except one issue, i cant get hemlock where i live, the guy at the lumber yard recommended Spruce, says decent grain, no nots and will take cherry stain faitly well. Do you guys suggest other wise. I was also told black walnut is amazing, really doesnt need to be stained just polyed. What does the peanut gallery suggest?