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Hey, we think quite alike! I actually built a small version of this table out of scrap wood and foam core to test technique and to finalize the design. Personalizing a build is the most fun!
For me the design looked more interesting with a 45 degree cut and it allowed for a less obtrusive type of support. I have a picnic table that uses the standard 22.5 cuts and it looks great, but it has large beams running down the seams to secure them in place. Even with that the glue and screws let over time and the ends of the boards came out of level. In this design the overlap of the boards keeps the level and helps to maintain strength (like bricks in a wall). Also, I don't have a handy tool that can do a 22.5 degree measure and I was working in the cold, so an adjustable square made the job a bit faster.
A compliment like this coming from an educator makes me feel great about the work I did! I always believe that the best way to reinforce information is to try to teach it.
Thanks for the compliment! Here's a video of my favorite way to demonstrate the table.
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