Because the top is the most visible part, I built it first. That way I was able to select the best looking boards to feature on the top and use the rest to build the legs.
Of course, whenever there is heavy lifting to be done, my shop monkey is nowhere to be found. To help me move the tabletop around and out of the way so I could build the rest of the table I built two little carts. They worked great to help me roll the heavy top around by myself.
To add a little interest to the center support beam I cut the ends at a slight angle to give it a little interest. The angle gave it a subtle Asian flare. It is amazing how one small subtle cut can change the whole feel of a piece. I guess that just goes to show the devil is in the details.
The table was finished using General Finishes Early American gel stain and a wipe on poly. The wood species was maple. It turned out great even though it was more heavy lifting than cutting awesome joinery.