thanks. aside from the sanding and several coats of varnish it was really easy to put together. this required no special skills or equipment. i cut the pieces of wood with a back saw and mitre box. it all squared up perfectly when i started screwing the connectors together.
the open shelf space with exposed everything underneath conforms to the raw industrial aesthetic.
i will try to get another picture or two. i also put some more description in my blog.