Followed the plans but used hardwood for the edging instead of a veneer.
On the desk version I found that screws are needed from the inside of the desk sides to the frame to strengthen the joint. I also added a cross brace to support the desktop, the brace also conceals the power strip and laptop cables.
The desk version also needs to be secured to the wall with more than the picture hanging kit. I used a painted screw and fender washer on the middle shelf. With that attachment the desk is solid as a rock.
Minwax® Wood Finish™ English Chestnut 233 --- was an even color across all the woods.
Minwax® Polycrylic® Protective Finish -- Water based with low odor.