Depends on what you like. I put about $40 into the top with a
double-layer of 3/4 ply, laminate and curly maple edging, some nice
stable 9/4" mesquite I got for nothing from my dad for a custom
adjustable fence, $10 for a electrical box and switched outlet, and
about $15 worth of leftover jummywood for an open frame to set the
nice top and fence on. Works great, and I've never had occasion to
worry about the looks of the base.