OK, the bed plate arrived today... I have a sneaky suspicion that this was a case of the eyes being larger than the belly 1/4" plate 24" long is awesome, but a little heavy. Will it work with the stock stepper? Probably if I slow it down enough. I may just go for a really beefy stepper to replace that Y axis one ... get enough torque and it will move along. I'll post some pics after we get started deconstructing.