Well, I've been convinced that I should pull back from randomly making bits of wood and hoping they work together and instead make a cogent plan and then execute it. This way maybe I'll have a small walnut desk instead of a bunch of wood pieces glued together.
The purpose of this desk is to be a private space where I can use the laptop and maybe even refer to some books while doing so when my wife's mother is here staying with us for a bit of an extended time. Right now I use the laptop on the dining room table. As an ironic aside, my wife urged me to get the laptop so that I wasn't down in the basement office area all the time and now she's giving me the boot again.
The tabletop dimensions (16" by 38") are to accommodate the other objects in the room where the desk is going. The two outside drawers need to be able to have manila folders, hanging files or even three ring binders placed inside, thus these drawer may be larger than the center drawer.
I had the chance to receive some Sketchup tutoring from our very own Dave Richards and we came up with this for a revised desktop assembly with three drawers instead of 2 big oddly long drawers.
I still don't know how to hold the beast up. My thoughts are to maybe make some sort of pedestal sides (likely a simple 45 degree angle from wide to narrow parts). Maybe add a gentle curve to the bottom of the pedestal to give four feet rather than two bottom sides.
One of the things I'd like to do is hang a bookshelf off the left side. The desk is going in a corner and the top dimensions are limited by a window to the left and a closet accordion door to the front right corner. I had thought to add a french cleat to the left side, but then didn't want to clutter the side in case we move and the desk gets situated differently.
Maybe I should either make a free standing small bookcase or just install some strip shelving above the desk.