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post #1 of 4 Old 07-30-2011, 06:08 PM Thread Starter
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Table Sagging-Realy need input

Hi I'm really new to diy and woodworking in general as im only 20 and im having problems with my table sagging on the ends as i havent gotten around to doing the legs and it is sitting on saw horses. It is a 3/4" thick piece of plywood with 3/4" thick red oak wood flooring on top to get it look like a basketball court. it is 4' by 8'. like i said the two ends are sagging and i was wondering how to fix that. I was thinking that maybe if i put the legs on and a table skirt it would fix it but then i was thinking maybe that would just secure it in the place it is now, sagged, or that it would start to sag in the middle if i just went with putting the legs on. I really would like some help as it is a really nice table i would post pics but do not know how to..... any suggestions to get rid of the sag. was also thinking of putting on flat surface and putting weight on top dunno if that would do it.

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A 4x8 sheet of plywood will sag naturally.
Adding any other material will add to the unwanted effect.

What are you using the table for?

What type of plywood did you use?

Also using lumber core panel would have minimized the sag.

You will need to add a support structure to get the table a little flatter.
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ok well it looks like my pictures are too big to upload on the site thanks for the tutorial.... i know i need to add something to it to straighten it out but thats the question what do i add a table skirt? i used just normal unfinished plywood not particle board. i know i could have used other materials that would have been "better" but i didn't and it is too late for that and by adding hardwood flooring to the top i felt it wouldn't be necessary to get crazy on high quality wood underneath that because the hardwood flooring is very good wood and makes the whole table top 1.5" which to me seems like it is plenty thick and sturdy to stay straight. so i know i need to add support underneath the table but what do i add. a 2x2 all the way around like a skirt? or something else in mind?

Edit: table is gonna be a dining room table plus beer pong table and pretty much everything at my college apartment
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