There’s nothing particularly complicated or exceptional about the construction of the table’s frame other than possibly, the (aforementioned) upper gate pivot.
After drawboring all the joints, I assembled the gates (securing the rails to the stiles with 1/4″ oak pegs) before incorporating them into the table’s frame and pegging it too (fig. 1).
Fig. 1. The assembled table frame.
Fig. 2. The gates operate within the frame.
Fig. 3. Shaped upper end rails.
Fig. 4. Braganza feet.
Really nice JP. I’m not sure what’s better – the table or your exquisite taste.
While visiting a well-known museum of furniture in the US, I happened to notice that one of the bird cage turnings on a famous Chippendale pie crust table was upside down. The restoration personnel were not minding their P’s and Q’s on that job.