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Dining table design ideas?

I have been saving some special wood (Brazilian rosewood) for over 35 years to build a dining room table and now after being retired from my day job, I'm hitting a designers block for a simple post and apron table sized 44" x 72" which is limited by the boards I purchased in the 1970's.

Any suggestions for design details to enhance the look of this design would be greatly appreciated. Right now, I'm thinking of a table with a slight boat end end curve and curved and beaded 4" apron.

Like I said, with the limitations of the wood available like the top pieces only finishing up at 3/4" I'm struggling with rigidity and leg/apron joints which I envision to be 3/8"tenons 3x1 1/2 long.

Any and all suggestions are greatly appreciated,

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Are you laminating the legs to thickness? What's your plans with them? Tapered, straight, etc?

I think with that table size with a 3/4" top and your use of an apron will provide enough ridgidity for the top.
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I think the design would depend a lot on what other furniture you have in the room or the house. You might go to google images and look for a picture of a table that looks similar to style of furniture in the room.
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Are you laminating the legs to thickness? What's your plans with them? Tapered, straight, etc?

I think with that table size with a 3/4" top and your use of an apron will provide enough ridgidity for the top.
I was originally thinking about using 2" square straight grained wood and tapering it to 1" on two sides. I'm a little concerned that I might not be able to get a large enough tenon in the top part of the leg at 2".
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Maybe I'm not following. You are putting a tenon on the top of the leg..to attach to the table top?
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Maybe I'm not following. You are putting a tenon on the top of the leg..to attach to the table top?
Sorry for the confusion, I'm either going to use my Festool Domino Joiner to cut two 10mm slots 28mm wide and use a floating tenon to connect the leg to apron or cut a tenon on the apron on my table saw and mortise a slot into the leg.

I'm just concerned that with a table that large the tenon size might be too small with a 2" square (at the top before tapering the leg).

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