Well I figured I would be finished by now but ran into some problems. First, the lumber yard did not have enough straight 1×2 oak boards. So I decided to to do it temporarily with pine. I bought a 1×4 and ripped it into 1x2s. So its partially finished. I need to add 2x2s between the 1x2s. I have a 2×4 I will be ripping for that. But today, my knee is bothering me and I don't feel like dragging the table saw out of the storage building.
Basically just a heavy duty tripod. I plan on redoing the legs in oak. The 2x2s will be the same length so the height will be about 2/3s higher. I will have to add a chain to keep the legs from spreading. Rubber boots on the 2×2 for anti-skid. On a previous tripod, I used t-brackets to hold the 1x2s and a bolt to press fit into the 2×2 for adjusting the height. I hope to use brass plate for the oak legs. On the pine, I am just going to bolt them together.
For those who went to squee 2009, on top is the manfrotto tripod head I bought.
Uses: mainly for my spotting scope when I do not want to use the EQ mount. Also of course for photography with large lenses or attachments.