Made some more progress. I got the base and y axis bearing mounts back from the machine shop.
Even though the machine work was ALOT more then I expected to pay, I really think it was worth it. I expect to have a machine that cuts square and has much more precision then the first design. Having all the bearing mounts trued up on a machine that's holds tolerance withing 5 microns gives me a sense of reassurance that i should be able to hold good tolerance on this machine.
Welded up a stand, primed, painted and mounted the base.
I chose silver grey because it was leftover from another project so it was a freebie.
Hope to get some time tomorrow to set the y axis.
I know it's a long way off but I can't wait to see this thing move!!!