Fully understanding you have minimal woodworking skills what tools do you own or have access to? Those that you own or have access to how good are you with them? For example if you're familiar with a router I can tell you how to build it with absolutely no screws yet you could pick up the stand before you ever glue it and when you do glue it it's self squaring and strong.. And it's really simple to do.
If you want a really slick surface from paint first sand the wood to 220. Put on a coat of primer and sand it A color coat and sand it. Another color coat and sand it. Last color coat and use 800+ grit sandpaper and sand it using wax as lubricant. Any car wax is fine.
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