Tapered/Splayed-Leg Entry Table
Simple design to showcase this stunning straight-grained bubinga top. I chose ribbon sapele for the legs to give them some visual interest, and used a quieter sapele for the stretchers. The top is beveled at the same angle as the leg splay to stay consistent with the piece as a whole, with a 45 degree chamfer at the bottom to give it a light appearence. Joinery - mortise and tenon for the stretcher-to-leg joints, through tenons for the bottom center stretcher, bridle joints at the top.
Sorry, I didn't take many process pics. Legs and stretchers were cut on the band saw and finished with hand planes. All joinery was cut with combination of band saw and hand tools. This is just before final assembly.
I pre-finished the pieces with shellac and a few coats of oil/varnish mix, so after glue-up it was close to done.
You guys can keep your dovetils and your waterfall miters and your wedged tenons. For me the bridle joint is the coolest joint in all of woodworking.
Done & done. Final finish with a few coats of renaissance paste wax.
My first through-tenons. Once you get layout down it's not hard at all.
The bubinga is glorious, huh? This is two pieces, about 8" wide each, and the glue line just disappears into the grain.
Thanks for looking!