This way, you can begin with wood projects that aren't too advanced, and you can grow your skill without finding yourself over your head.
Trust me, many woodworkers try to do things that are way above them in skill.
Although I enjoy woodworking more as a hobby than anything more serious, I've seen friends and others alike get overwhelmed very quickly trying to take on projects that are simply harder than what they're ready for.
Getting sucked into a project by it's finished picture or unique craftsmanship, they usually find themselves at a roadblock in the process and grow frustrated.
In fact, when I was newer to woodworking, this is what happened to me.
It's a good thing I picked this hobby up in college years back, because back then I had a teacher's help I could always have for guidance, something a lot of newer people to woodworking don't have.
It's very, very important to start off with more beginner-oriented wood projects, at least until you get the basics of woodworking down.
This is where finding and following beginner woodworking plans are most important.
They'll teach you the basics and will go at a pace that won't leave you frustrated and confused.
No matter how ambitious you are towards woodworking, you DO need to spend time developing the skills required for the more advanced projects.
From the casual glance, woodworking may appear to be simple, just a few cuts here and there, but it's much more complicated than that.
Even after years of working on projects (I'm now onto more advanced woodworking plans), I still occasionally make mistakes, but going back to the basics is always the solution.
Woodworking is an art that required a lot of skill, and you need to develop those skills by learning the basics and fundamentals.
The things you should look for when first starting out are projects that include: simple cuts in the wood, nailing, screwing, clamping pieces down, and gluing or joining some pieces together.
My first woodworking project ever was a birdhouse, and the craftiness it took to make something as simple as that is usually sufficient to get you off on the right track.
You could even make a flower box, a simple rectangular one.
As your skills grow in woodworking and you learn how certain things are done, and the possibilities there are, you can step it up to more advanced projects.
Trust me, doing it this way will save you so much time and frustration since you won't be lost by not knowing the basics of woodworking.
If you screw up projects because you don't know what you're doing, the mere cost of materials (wood, glue, etc) will could really add up to a dent in your pocket.
Point being: it's better for both your skill, your ego, AND your wallet to attempt projects that are more suited to your skill level.
Woodworking continues to be an extremely fun past time for me, and I know you're feel the same after you get your feet wet in it.
Go at your own pace and remember to start with projects that are on your skill level, not with ones way above you.