Christian Becksvoort describes construction of his first table and how poorly it weathered its first winter, describing it as round one in a battle between wood movement and his efforts to cope with it. When designing a table, there are ways to minimize or accommodate wood movement, and he offers general tips and four methods of construction that help: slotted screw holes in the table rails; grooves and fingers, or buttons; a figure 8 or desktop fastener; and sliding dovetails

From Fine Woodworking #62