I had Thad cut the side and top pieces as well.
The side pieces are welded onto the spider plate for strength. Grabbing the ever-so-handy angle magnets, the side pieces were held firmly in place.
Lots of tack welds......
To limit distortion, only a section at a time was finish welded.
Eventually, the bead stretched from one side to the other.
You can see where we are going with this!
More soon. Enjoy.