I wanted a rustic look and chunky table. I used some burr oak beams 6×8x8. I used a cheap B&D drill, a ryoby skill saw, and a mallet + chisel. Those are the biggest mortises I will ever cut. The wood was in pretty bad shape and has a million checks but I guess it goes with the rustic look. This table is heavy so I designed it so one can take it apart beam by beam for moving, so it isn’t glued. Its own weight keeps it very stable. I wonder how much it really weighs in at. I put it in my basement next to my pool table and it is intended for playing cards and drinking beer—-no need for coasters on this table!