I suggest you look at furniture, both new and old. Find the woods that you like best. Is it Mahogany? Do you like Oak furniture? What about Pine? Each of these woods is very different from the other. They can be finished natural, stained or even painted, but the wood can be identified by someone with knowledge of woods.
New pieces are more complicated to identify than old because much of today's new furniture is imported. We are most familiar with American grown woods and still learning about the hardwoods from the rainforest over seas.
If you don't have time to do it right the first time, when will you have time to do it over?