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#1 posted 06-29-2012 05:27 PM

You can buy high density corregated panels (Cardboard) that are strong as plywood at about half the weight.
If you laminate a backer to both faces it becomes very rigid.
We use something like this for commercial office system panels. (HPL face)
(You may be familar with a large Swedish RTA furniture store that uses the same panels.)

However, I suspect a lot of your table weight is from components other than the 3/4X4’X8’ plywood sheet which is only approximately 65 lbs.

EDIT: On the West Coast, Lumber Products carries the panels.

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