I got some scrap wood from my dad (a couple boards of red oak from the side of the road, they came out of shelving and were finished) and we ran it through his new drum sander and I had him cut the boards into 6cm strips (the granite i got is 3cm so double that, and it worked out well as a size) and then did some 45º cuts to get miter joints around the 4 corners. We did that part over thanksgiving and and now I'm gluing it all up (actually he also sent some up later because he forgot to cut a couple pieces because we were working separately for a lot of it, which was totally not the point because I wanted to hang out with him but we're on kinda different schedules so he did some stuff in the morning before I was up and I didn't check before I left)
but anyways we managed to get a really good table going. I'll post some pics in the comments with the progress shots but I'm pretty pleased with what I've got so far. Also I only had to buy like $150 in tools to make it lol. so it's not exactly a cheap option but it's definitely the cheapest way to get exactly what I wanted. (well actually it may have been cheaper for me to borrow a welder and learn to weld and do the frame that way but this way I got to do a project with my dad again)
anyways, that's my big exciting project that I've been working on for a minute now. I'll show finished pics too when it's all done.