Originally Posted by MMAsac
if I wanted a metal stand, id weld it myself, but im looking to do wood, and finish it
Sorry, didn't see the part about you saying you were a welder.
I would go with pressure treated wood for sure. Take a look at Lowes or Home Depot. They have tons of brackets and braces that would help with joining the wood. Like this.
I'd also look into renting a miter (dual compound) as miters will get you a perfect cut every time. And don't use nails. Screws are the way to go on a project like this.
Also, when you do your vertical supports, do it out of 1 piece of wood for better stability. And since it will be tall and top heavy, maybe make the base a little bit bigger.
Hope this helps.