Moral: dad was just plain lazy to slap that four by eight sheet of plywood on top of that table (whose top part came from an old model railroad, irony of ironies). What dad should have done was build either a butt-joint or l-girder frame with sturdy legs to plant that baby on built with heavy construction on top in mind. Not the half-baked fiasco I got saddled with for what so far has proven to be the last model railroad I have had in my life.
The best way to prevent this is by the purchase of a book I’ve mentioned in a previous post entitled “Run Your Train On The Floor?” * How To Build Model Railroad Benchwork, by Linn Westcott; edited by Rick Selby. You will get the whole enchilada there for butt-joint, l-girder, and just about any other style there is to make your model railroad not only sturdy, but 100% relaxing too!