Thank you ana ... and all of you "braggers" ... I have a huge list of projects now, but this is the first one from your ideas.
I had an old piece of 3/4 plywood left over from something else so that became the top .. and other sizes were adjusted as needed. I realize now that i should have taken pictures along the way ... it was pretty ugly before finish :)
The top is brown paper bagged ... the best instructions out there are at http://lovelycraftyhome.com/2011/11/09/the-ultimate-brown-paper-flooring-guide/ ... it is truly almost magic how beautiful such simple ingredients and technique become (and cheap)