More welding on the spider plate today. This is the first half of the left side opening.
Then the second half was tack welded in place.
Followed by a finish weld in between the braces. Then the braces were moved and I'm happy to report - the left side opening is finished. Two down. Four smaller openings to go.
Yea, I know these pictures are rather uninspiring. But the spider plate needs to be finished before I can proceed any further. Be patient. One can only weld so fast!