joinery for a "modern" console/sofa table top
I am embarking on my second piece of furniture, a console or "sofa" table. My wife has requested a "modern" build, which in her mind is a top that looks to be the only joinery at the top of the table legs...i.e. no aprons or upper rails.
I've been in my shop for the last two evenings staring into space trying to figure out how to approach this top construction. One thought I keep having is to use my table saw and dado blade to make square tenons at the tops of the table legs, but completing this by somehow perfectly locating four square mortises in the table top seems like a "pipedream".
Alternatively, I could just make a very shallow (3/4 to 1" thick wood) horizontal apron that doesn't garner much attention, but stabilizes the upper portion of the table and provides a platform for the top.
I envision making the top itself by framing some nice curly cherry or maple with what the rest of the table will be consructed from...soft maple stained with the very popular "espresso" (very dark brown) finish. Could I get away with a "large frame and panel" construction for the top?
I realize what I really need is a set of plans to work from, but I haven't been able to find plans for the table I envision. If anybody has a good source for table plans, I'd be ever so happy if they would share.