To accommodate table layouts in WordPress, WP-Reloaded is a great plugin to have. However, by default the CSS that controls the look and feel of the tables it generates doesn’t play well with IE 8. Sometimes your table cell widths will be compressed in random ways. To eliminate this issue, paste this code at the top of your plugin.css file found under wp-table-reloaded >> css folder:
Once you do that, your table cell width issues will be fixed. Please no comments on the use of tables, sometimes you have to do what you have to do.