Hi RobRoi and welcome to the forums.
I can't earn the Brownie points by solving your problem. As Ryan said, it's always best to provide a link to a live page, if you can, or failing that, show us your code.
However, if I've read your post correctly, I think you're confused about what display:block does.
"display:block" (which basically permanently blocks the whole table and content from what I can understand)
It doesn't block anything from display; rather, it makes an element display as a block element rather than an inline element. For more information, see the SitePoint CSS Reference, which explains it much better than I could. (If that's what you actually meant and I'm teaching my grandmother to suck eggs, then I apologise. :))