Making My Table's Body
So I went back to the drawing board. This time I didn't do all the fancy textures though, as they were really starting to tax my poor little MacBook by the end of the first model. The second model is not nearly as cool looking, but I was able to incorporate the slanted tabletop. I like that. Here is the second (and final) try:
I have never done any woodworking (besides making a few things out of balsa wood for the sole purpose of crushing them) so I had my brother-in-law help me build the rest. I used 2x4's (which are not really 2" x 4" !) as my legs, then I made walls using some b-board my family had leftover from a bathroom remodeling. It went really smoothly. All the measurements were taken from the Google SketchUp model so everything fit together really great. I am sorry, but I didn't have my camera there as I constructed my table, so I have no pictures here.
Attaching the LCD panel was really easy once I had the table done. I simply placed my LCD panel in the little groove I had created for it, then ran the wires down below and attached the circuit board and power supply to the underside of the tabletop. Here is a picture of the inside of my table, looking up. Those wires are from the original backlight, which I tried to use but failed.