1. Go to Habitat's ReStore and get an unfinished birch slab door for $8.00.
2. Sand, stain and polyurethane wood.
3. Buy Adils table legs at IKEA ($3.50 each) and attach to the wood.
Voila! A huge, basic desk.
Be warned that if your door is hollow (as mine is), it may be a wobbly desk as the leg screws don't have quite enough wood to grip onto. At a later date, I may do some kind of reinforcing there to stabilize it. For now, the file cabinets keep it secure enough so that I can type away without incident. I am grooving on the extra space - and hopeful that I'll also now remember to water the fern.