5. Make the Top
I opted to give this piece a removable "lid" top so I could take the wire crate out for traveling, cleaning, and repositioning when necessary — this has proved to be a seriously solid decision.
The lid is one solid piece of melamine at 42x29 inches, with white taping around the edges (I'll get to that in step six). We applied two small blocks of wood underneath with gorilla glue (you can use wood glue as well) to stabilize the lid from sliding. The wood blocks are positioned on the long sides, set to fit on the inside of the top framework.
6. Finishing Touches
To finish up, I used the aforementioned white melamine tape to cover raw and unfinished edges and dot stickers to cover the holes and screws. You can get this at the hardware store and use a clothes iron to melt it on.