When I first discovered Minetest, I haven't played any game of that genre before and was like "What am I supposed to do?", putting random things in the craft-grid without effects and running in circles.
The tutorial helped a lot to grab the basics and understant a bit more what can be done. Next is the craft guide to get the mandatory basic recipes.
I am very happy to hear that! This crafting grid IS confusing for newbies. I think that was a big design flaw but many Minetest games are like that. Modern Minetest games should probably use a different and simplified crafting system, I always thought of the crafting grid as clunky.