Once you have identified a suitable location for your night-one shelter, it’s time to convert your wood into wooden planks. Press ‘E’ to open your inventory, where you should notice the 2x2 crafting grid to the right of your character. When you place wood into the crafting squares, each piece of wood can be turned into 4 wooden planks. Use the wood blocks you gathered to create 24 wooden planks.
Now that you have wooden planks, you can build your first crafting table. Crafting tables are the workbenches by which you will build most tools and items in Minecraft, so be sure to place it in an accessible location.