Chris Becksvoort designed a straightforward dining table that you can build in a couple days with minimal tools. He says there’s any number of ways you can build it, but he follows a certain order of events. First, he glues up the tabletop several days before beginning construction. He starts construction of the base by making the legs, ripping them all from a single board cut to the exact leg length. The apron, he says, is a tradeoff between ergonomics and aesthetics; he uses short tenons, and assembly takes about 10 minutes. He includes information on adding a leaf.

From Fine Woodworking #70