That is great! Some stain and a oil finish and you've got a nice CHEAP board. You deserve some award for this.If you've got an Ikea near by, pick up one of these: http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/50058512. Quickest and cheapest way to get a PT style board started (with some additional modifications to spec of course).
except there have been threads dedicated to ikea boardsThat is great! Some stain and a oil finish and you've got a nice CHEAP board. You deserve some award for this.
The slats are held down by nails (as opposed to screws). I think it's fairly easy to take the nails out and reposition the slats to fit your needs without significantly weakening the wood. In fact, you could make sure the slats are more firmly attached to the sides with some added wood glue and maybe some screws. Some paint finish with high gloss/lacquer may also help in terms of making the entire board more sturdy and less prone to breakage from pressure.Thanks for the input guys. I've seen a couple threads about the gorm boards before. The reason I don't like them is how close the boards are together. I don't want to have ugly little notches to be able to fit my cables through. Know what I mean?