After 3 weeks of work on this beast, I'm almost done with it.
Of course, if I had been in school I would have had it done way quicker but with no pressure I've taken my time and enjoyed the end of summer while working on this.
All that I have left to do is finish the bottom shelf and add some more teeth around the edges of the top to give it a more finished look. Then I'll experiment with how I'm going to seal it.
I have a polycrylic clear gloss spray can but I'm scared that it will ruin everything by making the paper wet. So maybe I'll modpodge to seal the paper first.. I don't know! We'll see.. hopefully I'll finish today.