What version of Piper are you running? (from the main menu, select the 'nut' icon on the top right. On the next screen - at the bottom - you should see the version.
If you are not on version 2.0.2, do an update to get to the latest and the try again.
When you say you keep looping back to the crafting table, do you mean you get lost as you are making your way thru and end up back at the crafting table? I know I had that happen to me getting turned around a few times - it can be frustrating. The latest version is a bit easier. I' sing you "...follow the yellow brick road...' but that wouldn't help since the cheesed is mostly yellow, so instead I'll sing '...follow the icy blue road, follow the icy blue road...'