What I'd try:
Use 1x3 lumber for the framework.
Get 2 8' pieces
For the cross pieces, have them pre-cut at Home Depot or Lowe's. You want them to be 46 1/2".
I would get enough to space them 16" apart.
Now just assemble the pieces in the apartment.
Choose your wood carefully.
Try to pick pieces that are as straight as possible.
Also, as "free of knots" as possible.
For a table top, with closely-spaced braces, I found that even 1/4" plywood works well enough for me. Some will say "that's not heavy enough", but again, it works well enough with sufficient framework underneath to provide support.
I DID NOT buy the cheapest. Instead, I bought two pre-cut 4x4 pieces of birch plywood.
These will fit cleanly-enough on your framework. The birch plywood is very free of knots and has next-to-no warp.
For legs, you might use 1x3 screwed together to form an "L-Shape".
One at each corner.
If you can't fit even 4x4 sheet of plywood in your car, consider renting one of the vehicles they offer for an hour or so just to get it home.
I used No. 8 wood screws to fasten the frame together, 1 1/4" length.
You should buy a "screw pilot" -- a drill with a countersink on it, makes everything "clean".
I used small flathead brass screws to secure the plywood top to the frame (again, pre-drilling the holes with a countersink to keep it clean).
Last edited by J.Albert1949; 08-09-2019 at 11:44 AM..