I procured the finest and freshest Redwood from a lumberyard. Tip : Don't go to Home Depot. Most of the squaring and planing was done from the hand held Lie Nielson Jointer # 7. It was worth an investment and came in handy for a lot of other applications. I used Fein Supercut for sanding needs. Works well.
$425 : Lie Nielson #7 Jointer Plane
$170 : Fein Cordless Drill
$100 : Kreg Jig
$100 : Other - screws, plugs, sand paper, C-clamp, etc.