2. This is the basic bench without the inserts and it’s what I mean that one literally cannot set a tool on it. That vise platform comes off and can be replaced by a Kiefer style leg vise, if I choose to build one.
3. There’s a bit more work to be done. The latch rods need to be welded and installed, braces made for the vise platform (they will lock to the bottom of the top legs), the lengthy jack/sticking rail attached, and a new slanted shooting board for the far end, and deciding how far to let the leg cross rail into the bench rails, if at all. The rail that the shooting plane rides upon is holding the crochet and is slightly below the bench rail and will be moved back to its original position close to the bench. I pull hand planes sometimes because it uses a whole different set of muscles. This bench gives solid a whole new meaning to me…there is not a hint of wiggle and this one is not attached to the floor. I'll add a "finished" picture soon.