I love your idea of a "small" project!
My small (yet to be born) project is a cider apple scratter and press; I've recently been given access to a couple of old cider apple trees free and for nuffink. It's too late for me to get weaving for this season, but I could be up and running next year.
I'm just round the corner from you in Little Hereford near Ludlow; if you could let me know the address of the saw mill you got the timber from, that would be a really big help. Using oak is the most authentic and practical way to go, and green oak best of all.
Which leaves two trees full of cider apples; if anyone in the forum or their mates / family would like them, come and pick them up. I'd guess their would be around two dustbinsful. I'll give you a hand with ladders and such.