I knew the client I was making this for would use a tray and an uneven surface did not matter. As you scroll through the pictures you will see how its made and the type of wood I used.
Teals and white, aged and distressed.
This started as a cheap oval coffee table. I took the top off and am saving it for another repurpose, I just don't know what yet.
I attached the support pieces with pocket holes and screws. I have the basic Kreg Jr. jig and while a nicer model would be great to have, this one gets the job done for what I need and it was cheap. I cut each piece to length and laid it out but I painted the pieces before I attached them. I attached the boards to the base with some wood glue and a nail gun.
All and all, this was easy and I will do another top like this soon.