I'm building a table using 4 table legs and a table top. The table top, made out of wood, tends to be quite elastic. Yet, I want the table to be able to hold heavy objects without worrying about the positioning of these objects.
How does one horizontally position the leg pairs optimally, such that the weak spots of the table top are reduced as much as possible?
More specifically, how does one determine n as indicated in the following picture, such that we avoid the situation depicted in "Bad example A" and "Bad example B"?
For the sake of demonstration, let us assume that the legs have a diameter of 0 cm and that the table cannot tip over.