Quote Originally Posted by GaussianNoise
What about oak? Is the slow drying a concern? Does this translate to dimensional instability? would it be enough of a concern to disqualify it?
White oak would be the choice. Red Oak has large grain that takes a while to fill for finish and weather resistance. Either species is denser which translates to heavier than the other woods we have been discussing.

I checked my gunstock-making books. Oak has never been favored for gunstocks which are similar in use to cameras. Don't know exactly why but probably because its heavier than necessary, harder to work, and most people don't envision a camera as being light-colored.

Cherry is a good choice. Deardorff always used mohogany which was the standard for high-precision wood fabrication due to its dimensional stability.