For the desktop, I opted for baltic birch plywood. I picked this plywood because it has a high quality lamination and is very strong and stable. The edges also have a really good layered profile. The face of the plywood could be better, but it doesn’t matter for our application because we’ll be painting it.
If you don’t have access to the tools used below, don’t have the time, or want to save a few bucks, you can get a simple tabletop from Ikea for less than ten bucks.