First, whip out the jigsaw and cut a pair of feet from a piece of oak.
Then cut some sticks, drill some holes for pegs to connect everything.
Then build a back section, and bang it all together to make sure everything fits.
Stain it all dark walnut.
Glue the pieces together.
Attach the back with some black carriage bolts. Six of them, because four wouldn’t look serious enough. Maybe there are some gaps that could use a little putty.
Give it a few coats of varnish (the application of which will take off a lot of stain that was just sitting on the surface). Add some nonslip strips.
Accept the mistakes and should-have-dones.
And, there you have it.
I spent maybe $35 in wood and $5 for the carriage bolts. But I also spent a lot on tools. This was my first attempt at doing dowel joinery, and I had to buy a dowel jig, and some better drill bits, etc.. It will be a long time before I try dowel joints again. It’s a PITA with just hand tools.