First post in this thread-
I had an old teak patio set that was damaged, I took it apart and repurposed some of the wood into a coffee table. I still have several more coats of varnish to lay down, but I'm pretty pleased with it so far. I thought I would drop it here, as I think it's pretty cool.
Local stores like JoAnn Fabrics have regular classes in the store and some series of class type things you can register and attend. Not sure on your location, so I am not sure if you have those stores.