This may sound like a silly question, but would that essentially mean that the mortise would be open on the top and bottom right? Kinda like a large dado (except it’s not running with the grain)? Again, I know it’s a strange question, but I’ve only ever done a traditional M&T and this seems a bit different.
That's the idea. But I would make the stretchers 3" deep to match the cross members. Stronger - and it allows you to attached the top to the stretchers as well as the cross members. No telling how someone may grab the top and try to lift. BTW - just to be sure double check your knee room.
Wasn't the bigger problem getting the saw out of your truck? Getting it on the mobile base will absolutely be easy-ish to do by yourself. I just assembled my mobile base around my 600+ pound Hammer with minimal grunt work.
@drzaius I appreciate that. It appeared that the guy in the video was following instructions. It's not a heavy lift that he made.
From the box you lay the styrofoam that it's packed in out on the floor and roll the cabinet/saw onto it. Then he got it upright and negotiated it into the mobile base. He never really "picked it up" - he more tilted it halfway and kind of shimmied it in.
With that said, I will be grabbing the one neighbor that I know well enough to ask for a hand when it's time to do this. I have had some fairly minor back issues over the years and enough to know that I need to take care of my back. My brother who is a life long Carpenter in Chicago is having surgery this week as they rebuild his spine with cadaver bones. It's his second one and there will be more. Point being, I read you loud and clear and I definitely appreciate the heads up. And I hope your back is feeling better, sir!