Thanks in large part to WhatTheChuck, I’m giving serious thought to changing the design of the underbody of the table. With all due respect to Schroeder's table, which I prefer the looks of in many ways, I think the lack of a footrest underneath is a good thing, and the spindles underneath are magnificent, yet kind of a waste of time, energy, effort, and lumber as they’ll be hidden by chairs. I think the trestle-style design might be more pragmatic, and still embody the simplicity and elegance that I’m striving for. It looks like I’ll still be making the Rodel chairs, which I guess in some way completes the set (but without the fillers in the back splat).
Cool video of Kevin Rodel making the back splat of his chair on Finewoodworking.com
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