The stretcher on a table like this is virtually lost to vision. The solution for me was a box beam which is juniper on the sides, to match the panels in the legs, and alder top and bottom. Attachment will be via countersunk bolts through the top of the shoulder into the top of the beam. The removable beauty panel, shown in the image of the single finished leg, will cover the end of the beam. It, too, will be lost to view for the most part, but I like the subtle inclusion of the juniper which matches the wall finish in the office where these will live.
The substructure is finished with three coats of waterborne poly.
The tops are now glued up and ready for squaring the ends, final sanding and finish (material yet to be determined).
I spent considerable time—maybe an hour—working out the best combination of blending the heartwood and sapwood. I try to put a sapwood edge adjacent to another sapwood edge, to get the “flowing river” effect out of the lighter colors. I also like dark (heartwood) edges on the top to clearly define where it starts and stops.
I think these will really pop when I get some finish on them. That is for next week. Perhaps it will start today.
-- "...in his brain, which is as dry as the remainder biscuit after a voyage, he hath strange places cramm'd with observation, the which he vents in mangled forms." --Shakespeare, "As You Like It"