Thanks for the benchwork insight. I'll keep it in mind with my discussions with the guys at Mianne. The Mianne guy also told me that since Dad wants a bit of space to sit next to the layout that we may incorporate a type of cantilevered design to prevent the plywood from warping over time. I do like the fascia that is on the layout. I'll see if Dad wants that. We have a bunch of 3/4 inch plywood from Dad's old layout that we can reuse.
The Scottish Kelpie is a creepy one.... I have never heard that one before. Kelpie is a name my wife thought up because I like to mess with kelp that washes up on the beach. Of course, Kelpieflyer can also refer to a Scottish Pegasus or maybe a flying fish or Screeching Eels from Princess Bride?