What to make wood top out of?
When we bought this house, the first thing we did was rip down the walls that enclosed the basement stairs. That area was located right in between our living room and dinning room (future kitchen). I built a bookcase on the dinning side and railing on the living room side. Being the first thing i've ever built, i'm pretty happy with it. Of course now that it is done, I have a few things that I want to change, but down the road that will have to be. So many projects to be done in this old home.
What is haunting me now is the wood top, back, and top to the newel post. I called multiple places and they quoted me hundreds to do it for me. Not in the budget. What I did was take 2 2x8x12's, kreg and glued them together. Then sanded the heck out of them and rounded the corners a bit, before adding stain. I hate it. Looks cheap and is bowing. Never attatched it because I hated it. My question is, what do I use? And what method? No lumber yards are near me, so it would be easiest if it could be purchased at lowes. If not, I can drive to an 84lumber and get it ordered. Any help would be wonderful. Please remember, new to woodworking. Do have most tools available.
The photos are of the bookcase and current 2x8 top
Back end of wall where the outside patio door is - would also need to be an extension of the top.
Pic of how the wood warped and bowed since doing the top 2 months ago.