I've built a few different tripods but wanted to try one in the "Parker style" as I thought the design really hit on all the marks. Here's a LINK to the CN page that got me interested...the post I'm referring to is about 3/4 of the way down the page.
I'll begin by saying that my selection of red oak, and curly red oak specifically is not the ideal wood to use in a tripod. It has a tendency toward brittleness, fracturing with the figure....but it was at hand when I started at 2 AM back in June. Ash would be best and it is currently plentiful and cheap (if available locally) due to the Emerald Ash Borer.
My other deviation in material was the use of a 1" copper pipe instead of iron w/flange. This was another "material at hand" decision and it made for some interesting design decisions as I'll detail later.
Gotta do some running this afternoon so I'll start with a teaser pic of the disassembled tripod parts....more to follow.