I recently got engaged, and I hadn't really made anything for my (formerly) girlfriend in a good while. Additionally our room doesn't have any real furniture that I've built, only stuff we've found or bought. Thusly, I decided to build for her (well, for us) a table to fulfill the until now absent role of a high, wide, and shallow table that can be put pretty much anywhere.
Two boards laminated on edge make the top - very simple. They have medium figure, not really crazy, but I am working with what's available. Boiled linseed oil, shellac, and paste wax make for a thin, smooth, shiny, and chatoyant finish (it brings out the curl).
Tusk tenons connect the aprons to the legs, wedged circular oak dowels form the tusks. When the top is taken off, these tusks can be knocked out, and the table comes apart for easy stowage during transport.
Braces connect the narrow gap between each set of legs. They're made out of quarter sawn ribbony mahogany, and are half-dovetailed in place.
The base is secured to the aprons with buttons in slots to allow for seasonal expansion and contraction of the top across the grain.
Pictured is my lovely fiancee, preceding some details of the table. The front apron is relieved in the center to allow for legroom. The legs are angled outwards from the center of the table, and they are tapered on both inside faces. The table disassembles into five pieces - the top, two aprons, and two leg sections. Each leg section is a glued assembly. I selected quarter sawn grain for the fronts of all the legs. The tusks drive the legs into the aprons and make for a very tight, sturdy table, but that can also be broken down for transport, say, in the backseat of a vehicle going across the country.