This design proved to be successful in accounting for all of these requirements.
The table probably is not the strongest ever built, but I don't plan on throwing any motorcycle engines on it or doing any intense metal work. Mainly, I intend to use it for some soldering, general tinkering and light programming. It should be more than capable of withstanding that.
My initial design involved laser etching/painting reference materials and various doodles onto the surface of the acrylic. This didn't work out too well in terms of documenting projects. So, I replaced the etched acrylic with a sheet of solid white (as seen in the following images). I found the solid white acrylic to work out fantastically.
Step 1: Go get stuff
(x1) 3' x 2' sheet of 3/4" plywood
(x1) 3' x 2' sheet of 1/8" white acrylic
(x4) 17.25" railing posts
(x2) 18" railing posts
(x1) 29" railing post
(x4) Felt furniture pads
(x4) 2.75" bolts
(x6) 2" wood screws
(x4) 3' x 1" x 1" L-shaped aluminum extrusion
A hex wrench set
A screwdriver set
A power drill (3/32", 1/4" and 3/8" drill bits)
Step 2: Make holes in the acrylic
If not, measure and drill some 1/4" holes the old fashioned way.