Nakashima-style dining table
One of my favorite things about this table is how the top is attached. Using a trick I learned from Michael Puryear, I screwed dovetail cleats to the tops of the trestles, and routed stopped sliding dovetails into the underside of the top halves. Then the two halves just slid on. Then I clamped them in place while I installed the butterfly keys that hold them in place. No visible joinery below!
I like how the organic tops contrast with geometric bases in Nakashima's tables, and how the heavy low stretcher seems to tie them to the earth.
I was lucky to find a thick slab for the top. I jointed one edge, and then resawed the slab so I could open it into this nice bookmatch. In order to get the pieces through my bandsaw, I ripped them down the middle, rejoining them later. Can you see the seams?