This exposed-joinery sofa table is at once traditional and contemporary, as are the processes used to build it. Eric Keil and the architect who designed the piece compromised on several design issues to improve the joinery. The tabletop is made of layers of MDF and veneer, and the carcase is finger-jointed. End-grain inserts in the tabletop mimic through-tenons. Two frame-and-panel doors and dovetailed maple drawers finish the piece. A detailed project plan helps take the difficulty out of working with heavy stock, and the architect offers a note on how he arrived at the design to begin with.

From Fine Woodworking #137