Although handy - these are the first pieces of furniture I have ever created.
Used only 2X4 and 4X4 pieces - Douglas Fir right out of the lumber yard - not kiln dried wood.
First time using pocket hole equipment - was worth getting the premium kit from Kreg's - drilled close to one hundred holes.
Other than the equipment, the materials totaled less than $200 for all three pieces. $120 for the wood and another $80 for screws and paint products.
Sanded the wood to a 220 finish and applied a Gel Dark Walnut stain and added 5 coats of clear satin from Minwax.
Tried the wood conditioner on a test board and did not see not much difference so I decided to go without on all 3 pieces of furniture that I built.
Experimented with different stainable wood fillers from Elmer's.
Quite happy with the result - just in time for a visit from mom and dad.
Total time for three pieces - close to 40 hours but worth it.