Building a desk, could use some advice
Hi, I could use some advice on a project I'm planning. I've never really done a woodworking project before, but I'm considering building my own desk. Partly to make it just how I like, and partly as a fun project to do in my down time.
I originally thought about using MDF, as it's cheap, strong, and is pretty common for desk building. However, I've decided that I'd like something with a grain that I can stain and make look nice. I'm on a budget, so I was considering using plywood. I was thinking after I sand it down smooth and put a stain on it, it could still look nice, even though it's a less expensive wood type. I'm wondering if that's a good idea or not? And, if so, what kind of plywood?
Also looking for any other tips for someone that's new to woodworking, or any "gotcha's" that you've run into when building a desk.