I would encourage anyone who is tackling a smaller project to make a bold choice in your use of wood. There are quite a few varieties available and the price difference between a typical wood and something terrific is nominal.
You can find quite a few unique wood species if you contact a local lumber supplier. If you don’t have one, you can locate a store such as Rockler Woodworking (formerly known as “The Woodworker’s Store”). You can purchase some unique lumber online at Rockler.com