This is my first project from rough wood, I have done two other projects from Home Depot wood. I got the wood from a Amish saw mill. It is cherry and was very rough but only cost me $2 for a 9ft 1×6. I do not have a jointer or planer so I did what I could with my $100 delta table saw, belt sander, palm sander. I should be pickup up my first used craftsman 113.206 jointer this weekend to help me on my next project. I probably did not finish it correctly as I just used a cherry stain and a few coats of poly. But I do have to say the end result was pretty nice. For my joints I used a pocket hole screws, i know not the best way to do it but it pulled my joints together nicely to hide the fact none of the boards where that straight. My now old table saw (got a new accurate saw) was about 1/2 a degree in on the out feed side which left burning on the wood. Let me know what you think, again this was my first wood working project with rough wood.