I have changed direction here for the time being. I think it will be an easier sell to the powers that be (at work) if I make a platform on the top of my current desk that I can put the keyboard/mouse and monitors on. I need about 12" lift.
True to form, the cheapskate in me has taken over and I am using paint stirrers for the legs. I am going to plane them and stain them in my first attempt to actually make it look nice. For the top, I am planning to by a nice piece of 24x48 3/4" ply, and I'll edge it with something like stained poplar to give it a nice 2-color look. Something like this: