Congratulations, Gregory, on another great article in Fine WoodWorking. That's two consecutive issues. The coffee table is really nice, w/ some very interesting joinery. Great job! :eusa_clap
Thanks for all the kind words -It was a fun project to make too! I still havn't recieved that issue yet though...
As far as the upper lap joint goes - While the width of the slot would be the same, the set up to make it would have been a bit different. And since it's tucked under the top, there's very little chance of seeing any gap in the lap. The joints in the bottom are another story though.
Glad y'all like it