This elegant hall table features graceful curves and exposed joinery with a distinctly Eastern flair. Building this seemingly simple design hinges on a variety of techniques designed to expand the abilities of intermediate woodworkers. You'll learn how to produce beautiful tapered legs using a patterning sled at the router table, and how to add slight curves using an ingenious tapering jig that works with your thickness planer. Spacer blocks ensure perfectly matched through-mortise-and-tenon joinery, and a simple oil varnish finish helps bring out the tight, straight grain on the table's quartersawn walnut.

From Fine Woodworking #229