Step 1: Wood selection
I had my eye on several stacks of pallet skids at the warehouse next to our shop for quite a while. I asked their shipping manager about using the wood and he gave me the green light.
Several weeks ago 2 large stacks of skids appeared and the wood in them looked great. So during the New Years break I went over with our fork lift, brought one of the stacks over, went through the entire stack and found a bunch of lumber I liked.
It took an entire day to disassemble, select and prep the wood we wanted.