Well, the base is assembled. I will try to get some pics up to compare to the plans but it is real close. I trimmed up the tenons with a big honkin’ chisel that I use as a slick. Makes quick work of it. Grabbed a persuader (5 lb sledge) and a leftover block trimmed off the legs and discussed the relative merits of the shoulders of the tenons seating against the legs. Everything sits nice and solid now.
The only construction I have left to do is to pin the tenons and glue on the pad feet. Stick a fork in it. I flipped it upside down and lag bolted the top to the frame and have it marked out for the mortise to inset the vise.
I don’t know how far I will go in finishing it. I never intended it to be a piece of furniture so anything I will do for finishing will be purely for preserving and guarding against moisture. I might paint the base. I still have a can of bright yellow and bright red Rustoleum to coat it with. I will see how I feel about it once I fill the rest of the knots and spend some quality time with my random orbit sander.
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