It uses a method of construction first posted here: http://www.instructables.com/id/Scrap-Table/. That table uses a random assortment of scrap wood, which is certainly an option in this project as well; I opted to present the different material in a more organized way this time.
The materials can vary in cost, depending on how much you salvage and how much you buy new. I had a mixture of new 2" x 8"s (which I judged to be most cost-efficient dimension based on how many 1-1/14" strips I could get out of each board) and scrap 2" x 4"s and scrap cedar. Along with the threaded rods, sanding belts, polyurethane, new drill bits, screws, etc., the table cost about $50 and about 30 hours of time.
Thanks to Ramell Ross for the first five pictures. http://www.ramellross.com
You will need these materials:
Cardboard for template
4-6 2" x 8" x 8' yellow pine or equivalent
1 2" x 4" x 8' contrasting wood
1/2" x 24" pine dowel
7 1/2" dia. x 36" threaded rods
14 nuts and washers
2 lbs 2-1/2" drywall screws
60, 80 or 100, 120 grit sanding belts
polyurethane or varnish
You will need these tools:
Impact driver (optional but very helpful)
Hammer or mallet
Dremel or hacksaw
Orbital sander (optional)
Step 1: Templatin'
This table is about 48" long at the shelf, 24" wide, and 17" tall. The legs cant outwards at about a 20o angle. The profile is a uniform 1-1/2" thick.
Fit your table to your space; it would look a little more graceful if it were longer than I made it.