I'm making candle stands for our church to match the altar suite I built a couple of years ago. The design is based on a G&G hall table published in Popular Woodworking by Robert Lang.
Attachment 10526 The candle stands will replace the ones shown here that are essentially an oak dowel stuck into an oak disk. The wood being used is Lyptus with bloodwood accents.
Here is my question. I need to join the upright with the angled crossbar that holds the candles. Considering the entire design is rooted in G&G, I thought the joint should not be flush, like this, Attachment 10528 but rather have the meeting edges rounded over and softened like this, Attachment 10527. Going back to my G&G books, this seems to be the preferred method to handle a joint like this. I have also considered using a square peg or two at the joint. The joint will be a M&T.
Here is the 'real' wood that the stands are being made from Attachment 10529 Attachment 10530
Opinions? Direction? Suggestions?