Shortly after I began tying flies many years ago, I bought a slant top secretaries desk to tie flies at, and to store my tying materials in. Now, my tying supplies have expanded way beyond what I could store in the desk, but I still have the desk, and spend quite some time tying at it, and store quite a bit of my materials in it.
My desk was made by a company called Maddox, that was once located in Jamestown, NY ( in your neck of the world). There were a number of fine quality furniture companies in, or near there at the time. Unfortunately, I believe nearly all of them are long since out of business, but you can find many of the old pieces available for sale in the used furniture market, and many of them would make wonderful fly tying stations, and can be purchased very reasonably.
I know you said you are considering making a tying station, but you might also wish to consider buying a used desk at a reasonable price.
Here's a picture of part of my desk: