In History is the Future
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: South Louisiana - Gonzales
This is ridiculous. I have pictures on my profile, so can I offer some advice?... to the OP and others!?
The majority of the folks here who tend to scream the loudest and argue the most tend to be the less experienced - be it on furniture or life. The others have learned it's not worth it.
As for this project, I'd have no problem setting 400 lbs in the center of it if I built it - in the manor that I would. Heck, a cardboard version of it could handle several hundred lbs if properly executed.
My take would be similar to Cabinetman's. I'd use thin (1/2") for torsion box with an almost honey comb core held together with epoxy.
I would edge the ends of the torsion box with enough material to transfer load to the legs. Physics is your friend, finger joints because of the increased surface area would be the best thing short of bolts.
I would plan to skin it with veneer last.
And if I planned to park a semi truck on top of it I would run post tension cables through the top and legs and tension them prior to skinning the outside of the legs.
Now on the subject of who is qualified or not. I'm not going to take sides other than to say nails are about useless for joinery in this situation and dowels would have to be the thickness of the top making them pointless as opposed to other means.
So am I going to be he first to have hit the report button and asked that this thread be cleaned up and for people to be pertinent?
Tony, others here have a right to a different opinion. You don't own the market on truth.
Al, I'm not sure what to say other than don't get sucked into a wood measuring contest.
My apologies to the OP that hi thread looking for help has fallen off of a cliff.