Thanks, Marcel. This was partly for aesthetics. Since it faces out of the garage, it's the first thing you'd see -- I figured it might as well look a little different. Also, it was a chance to learn a little about bending a piece of steel in a no-pressure, no-stakes situation. If it didn't work, I had a spare piece ready to go in as a horizontal.

This won't be a heavy pounding table -- I don't think the Maple would hold up to that. Five feet away I've got an inch-thick piece of plate on top of a Strong Hold cabinet all set up for heavy persuasion.