Another thought for beginners
I don't know if you have access to a Community college / ?? But I know in our area they offer evening classes in woodworking. Some times they have classes at more local high schools that have NICE shops.
This is a good tip for others as well:
Some years back a group of my associates took such a class to have access to the tools, the project then was "work benches" and being able to surface plane the whole top at once then sand it in a machine made it rather nice.