Could you have used more nested tables?!! No wonder you've tabled your way into a corner.
Actually, i dont blame him. It's something i would have done really. There's really no way of getting around certain things in pure HTML. It is only when i see complexity of that nature that i begin to desire a learning of something other than Tables, something like CSS. I still dont think though that CSS has been all that easy really. But in many ways, yea, i have seen examples of how you can basically by pass some of the limitations imposed by mere pure HTML.