How do we know that @Megacoulomb
is in the Beaverton, OR area? That one escaped me. It would help to confirm where Megacoulomb lives. My advice parallels the others:
I am very concerned about your personal safety. I admire your ambition, but worry about your inexperience with power tools. Woodworking tools can injure you for life. Safety is about maintaining good habits, and they take time and experience to develop.
It is nice that you have access to a well-equipped woodshop, but there is more to woodworking than just tools. You need to have the owner there all the time, guiding you and keeping you safe.
I admire your ambition and confidence, but there is a learning curve. Even really smart people can't avoid that learning curve.
Imagine if you showed up on the "SurgeryTalk" website, saying that you took a two month sabbatical and want to use a friend's operating room to spend the time performing cardiac bypasses, removing a few brain tumors, reattaching amputated limbs, etc. Woodworking isn't brain surgery, but do not undervalue the hard-earned experience that the people here have acquired over their lifetimes.
I hope that the person who owns the woodshop can guide you to set more realistic goals for woodworking projects that fit your skill and experience level better, stepping up in complexity as you go. You can accomplish a lot in two months, but be realistic and stay safe!
SOURCES FOR QUALITY, FURNITURE-GRADE HARDWOOD:
* The big box stores like Home Depot and Lowes carry a few boards of basic hardwood at high prices.
The value of those stores is their convenient supply of construction grade lumber.
* Specialty woodworking stores like Rockler and Woodcraft have a selection of hardwood lumber at high prices. These stores carry a few boards of many species, including imported hardwoods.
The value of those stores is the advice you get from the staff. They typically stock a wide variety of hardwoods, but not many boards of each. Selection of a given species may be limited.
* True lumber yards. They vary in what wood they stock, but usually have a much larger supply of the wood they carry. They cater to professionals who know what they want and how to choose boards. They vary a lot on how much they assist (or tolerate) home woodworkers.
The value of those stores is a good selection of hardwood boards at a decent, local market price.
* Woodworking friends and clubs. Yesterday my spouse and I just picked up a bunch of hardwood in various species from a woodworking club member who was cleaning out his shop. We got maple, mahogany, and walnut boards, plus many smaller pieces of more exotic species, suitable for scroll sawing, small boxes, and turning projects. I got a very nice piece of pink ivory for turning.
The value of friends and clubs is priceless. The wood is usually a great bargain, but availability is haphazard.