Dining table shows off its joinery
Exposed joinery, echoed shapes, and elegant curves on display
Synopsis: The stretchers on Tim Coleman’s dining table are low to the floor, so he decided to make their structure a focal point of the piece. Pretty much all the visible areas on the table are curved, which adds a bit of complication to the straightforward dowel and mortise-and-tenon joinery. The key was to preserve flat reference faces on all the parts before cutting the joints. The stretcher assembly adds an attractive detail with its four identical, curved pieces that each come to a point and are nested together at the center.
Well-executed joinery is at the heart of every piece of furniture I make, but it’s often hidden. However, when designing this cherry table, with its stretchers so low to the floor—and therefore quite visible—I made the stretchers’ central joinery a focal point by exposing it.
The overall lines of the table came first: the…