I glued this assembly between the maple dog block and the back apron. I've been using this bench as is for 20 years without any problems. It proves you don't need a 6" thick slab of wood for a bench top. Although I will note that it's added weight would have been welcomed.
I took opportunity here to clean up the post rail connections. I only had one that didn't need any attention. I don't know how I made any sense out of the layout marks because there are a bazillion of them.
The back apron was cut to the same width as the dog block ass'y. This way the bottom of the both of them are in the same plane and they are what bear on the top of the base.
|marking for where I'll make my saw cuts|
|a tad out square and plumb|
|you can see the difference|
|see the wedge?|
|new face vise home|
"I'd rather regret the things I've done, then the things I haven't done."