I have built pine furniture in the past without worrying much about about the wood other than its general appearance. But I'm now planning a much more ambitious dresser to be made in oak. It will be slightly larger than one I've seen advertised for some £3,000! I've located internet sites selling reclaimed oak beams, creosoted and uncreosoted oak railway sleepers, and green oak. But before confronting any salesmen on the phone, let alone spending a lot of money on timber, I would be very grateful for some impartial advise on the subject.