How to build a cheap desktop

How to build a cheap desktop

DEAR TIM: I need to build two cheap desktops. I'm lucky in that I have small cabinets that the top can rest on. One top is for my man cave and the other one is for a hobby and craft center for my wife and young kids. I'm looking for durability, affordability, ease of construction and good looks. I have limited skills and tools. Can I do this for less than $100? If you can offer a solution, I'd be most grateful. --Travis S., Morgan Hill, Calif.

DEAR TRAVIS: I've got great news for you. You can build these desktops in no time at all, and I can bring them in under budget as long as you need no more than 16 feet of total length for both desktops. Believe me, 16 feet of desktop is...