I have been doing very basic woodworking for a few years but never had the confidence to get serious. I am ready to take on a project that will allow me to use mortise and tenon joints, spokeshave and plane, ect. I was thinking about a rocking chair after seeing the one that Jerry Palmer made. I assume that a chair like that is not made from plans that you buy. The joinery required for a chair is new to me, so I am hoping I could get some advice on how to begin such a project. I have probably 8000 bd ft of Western Red Cedar and actually that is the only lumber that I have worked with. It is soft and splinters easily. Is this type of wood ok to use for "fine" woodworking projects?