I am in the process of trying out my hand at woodworking. I've read a couple of books, bought some hand tools and the workbench book.
I've butchered some pine and now want to try my hand at making a workbench. The problem is that the only timber I can find nearby is:
1. Pine. 2. Miranti, I've read that it varies in quality, is imported (surely I can get some Australian wood cheaper) and that due to the grain structure it can be difficult to apply a stain to it. 3. Red Gum, which apparently can shrink quite a bit. 4. Cypress Pine which I can only get wet. Although I've been told that it does not shrink much as it dries I've found it a little hard to work wet, I get lots of tearout (I think that is what its called when the plane occasionaly takes out chunks).
I've looked at the current issue of 'Australian Woodworker' but the only Timber Suppliers were either in Tasmania or New South Wales.
Any help will be most welcome! A rough indicator of price would be nice too.
Thanks in advance for your help.