The top is finished! But, dangit, it's just too rainy out to be staining the base. The new base (compared to the one pictured) is larger allowing space for a lamp and radio on the opposite side of the shorter section of the paint terrace, and allowing space on the right side of the top for ready-brushes and my water jar. There won't be as much space along the backside as seen in the pics.
I'm happy with it! All the paints I need without having to put them onto my work area; (most) of my supplies readily available out of the supply bins; Remaining supplies will have a shelf to sit on under the base.