I went Saturday and picked out some beautiful red/white oak, it takes awhile to hand pick the best 1st grade oak out of a small forest of lumber at my local lumber mill. I love the smell of sawdust, but planning the lumber is not my most favorite thing to do, it takes about 20 to 25 min. per piece of lumber to get it to the width that I use, and when you have a truck load, it can take days to work up. I bet these huge swing company owners, wear suits and ties and don't even know what a planner is. But anyway, I will try and write down some of the everyday chores it takes to make a true handmade oak porch swing, oak rockers and oak chairs. Some of the oak lumber I use is so beautiful, that I hate to saw it up, but that's what makes a beautiful oak porch swing. I will try and add some pictures of this process, to let everyone see. That there swing is truly from start to finish, handmade.