I call this oddity the dog-bone table, for a reason that I hope is evident. I liked the live edge bookmatched slabs of walnut, but they were too short for a good table top. And because wood doesn't end-glue well, I decided to dowel the ends, but not tightly to each other. Realizing I could sleeve the dowels with brass, I thought it looked kinda cool, so I did that for the entire top. As for the oak supporting arms and feet...I like curves. And the raised plugs on the apron might be said to be a counterpoint to the hidden dowels, which is kind of a stretch, but I do like the additional shadow detail they create.