I put the top on and screwed it down. Well, screwed it up from beneath, but you get the idea.
I also put the vises on, thanks to a little help from the missus. Those things are solid cast iron, heavy as hell. I’m betting ~40-50lbs each.
The Kreg bench dogs seem fine so far. You certainly can’t argue with the price ($8 for four) compared to the various brass options from Lee Valley or wherever.
I made my own bench dog to go into the square recess in the vises. The vises came with one of the original steel pop-up bench dogs, but it doesn’t pop up high enough to clear the top of my bench, and the pop-up mechanism isn’t working as well as I would want it to. I just made square maple dogs that fit in the holes and protrude about half an inch above the bench top.
The vise handles are just a ~16” section of 7/8” oak dowel with a small piece of 1.5” dowel glued onto both ends and sanded to where they’re comfortable to hold. The holes in the vise handle are really an inch wide, but 1” dowel is just too snug. I may not have masked them off as well as I needed to when I spray painted them, or they may just be too small for 1” dowel. I decided it was too much work to sand down a 1” dowel to fit, so I just went with the 7/8” dowel.
Drilling the 7/8” hole in the small pieces of 1.5” dowel was tricky, but doable on the drill press with a wood hand screw clamp holding it and regular clamps holding the hand screw to the DP table. I decided to forgo just screwing the cap to the end of the dowel because of looks.