The drill press hogged out most of the waste, and the mortises were cleaned up using a router with a tall straight bit and some chiseling to square the corners.
It took a bit of fettling, but I finally got the top fitted using a file to slim the the leg tenons. The light at the end of tunnel was finally beginning to show. I grabbed the quick action vise I had been previously using as a face vise, and started marking out the mortise for the rear jaw. A router and straight edge are your friend here. Take your time and make multiple passes.
Rob Bois has a great video on this : http://theboisshop.blogspot.com/2008/12/so-many-vises.html
You will notice a spacer block to lower the vise and keep more meat near the top edge of the benchtop slab. This is an Anant copy of the original Record 52 1/2 ED, and is a passable iron vise.
I also left some space for a cork lining of the rear jaw to counter act some marring that would occur on a metal surface. Heavy weight tooling leather is a better option but this was on hand.
I finished up by drilling 2 rows of dog holes in the front slab:
These are 6" on center (2 3/8" from the edge) on the left and go down to 3" near the end vise. Do you need this many dog holes? Thinking back on it prolly not, but getting them dead square with no tear-out in the bottom is a many step process I did not care to do again, so we will see if I swiss cheesed the top or its was just right.
You will notice some aluminum angle on the left in the photo. Schwarz has mentioned using these as winding sticks, so I thought for 6 bucks for a pair I would keep some around for the upcoming flattening.
It is starting to look like a bench.