Don't get excited; it may look like it's virtually done, but actually I'm at the finicky stage of the fitting and the whole thing's taking approximately 500% longer than I anticipated. My own fault for being too tentative at the main stock removal stage. It's not the first three inches that are the difficult bit; it's the last 1/8th. Or rather 1/4. I need to allow more room, but am loathe to remove more bench than absolutely necessary, hence the sloooow progress.
More fulsome detail when it's done - I hope - but thought I'd better do a brief update in case the reader was worried I was lying trapped under an Emmert vice jaw... ;)