Heavily inspired by the tutorials at http://homemade-modern.com/
Step 1: Materials
Power drill (or just a hand screwdriver if the wood's soft and/or you're a boss)
Staining pad (if you decide to stain the wood)
1 - 2" x 12" x whatever length you need. Most hardware stores will custom cut the lumber for you. I bought a whitewood softwood board and had it cut to 45"
8 - 1/2" Black iron floor flange**
4 - 1/2" Black iron tee fitting
8 - 1/2" Black iron 12" nipple
2 - 1/2" Black iron 5 1/2" nipple
16 - black wood screws
Wood stain of your choosing (I used Minwax in mahogany)
Polyurethane or lacquer of your choosing
Felt pads to protect wood floors
**According to Home Depot's website, they stock black iron floor flanges. I bought all my materials at Lowe's and was told floor flanges only exist in galvanized iron so I spray painted the silver to black.