I wanted to make a table with a stone top. I went to a local tile and flooring store and found a 16" by 24" "Antique Parma Travertine Paver." It cost less than $6. I also had some scrap wood from repairing our fence - the wood had a lot of character and I was happy to use it. This can be made with three 8' 2x2 boards - which will also be pretty cheap.
4 - 2x2 22" long
4 - 2x2 20" long
8 - 2x212" long
Please read through the entire plan and all comments before beginning this project. It is also advisable to review the Getting Started Section. Take all necessary precautions to build safely and smartly. Work on a clean level surface, free of imperfections or debris. Always use straight boards. Check for square after each step. Always predrill holes before attaching with screws. Be safe, have fun, and ask for help if you need it. Good luck!
It is always recommended to apply a test coat on a hidden area or scrap piece to ensure color evenness and adhesion. Use primer or wood conditioner as needed.