Well as far as expense goes, you get out what you put in. It would probably be cheaper to build a box and skin it with some thin ply or similar material, rather than build entirely from thick ply.
You can definitely do this on the cheap cheap, I even looked into buying a kitchen cabinet from lowes or HD and simply skinning that.
Or, check out craigslist and find someone's old ratty stand and fix that up to your liking. There are was to keep cost down, just sometimes people don't want to put in the effort.
My only criticism of my own stand, it's too short. I wanted a shelf but stupid build the stand about 6 inches too short and couldn't fanagle all the bits in the cabinet to fit a shelf.
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