Originally Posted by bwbg78
Thanks very much. I'm based in Tuam, I believe there's someone milling timber in Corofin but I can seem to track them down online.
There are a few avenues for investigation you could pursue to find out but you'll probably need to wait until restrictions are eventually relaxed.
- get in touch with your nearest wood turning chapter; guaranteed someone will know the local mills; there are often private mills as well as public ones.
- get in touch with your nearest men's shed group, if there are some wood workers among the members you'll find someone that knows the local mills there too.
- call the local builders supplies places and simply ask if they know who does rough sawn wood nearby.
... but; going all the way back to your initial post, unless you're really dead set on building Rex's design from rough sawn wood, I'd recommend just buying some PAO dimensioned red deal and 18mm WBP ply (or MR MDF) from a well stocked builder supplies place to build your first bench with. It'll be enough of a project to get started with without needing to dimension and plane the timber first, and you can then use that bench to plane rough sawn wood for years to come!
By the way, if you tell the builders supplies place that you're buying construction timber for making furniture (even crappy white deal) they're usually happy to either let you pick your own or they'll pick out some straighter stuff for you. I do that the whole time, and I usually - not always - ends up with better stuff than if I say nothing.