There was mention somewhere recently about the strength/design of the 3pc riser. I figured I'd post these for all those with questions. These are pics of an '08 Martin Cheetah that I stripped to bare metal using acetone and a bit of elbow grease. OK,ALOT of elbow grease. Wire brushes helped,also. It could have been done a whole lot easier if I had access to a sand blaster. You'll notice I painted red dotted lines on the arrow shelf to show the seam a little better in the pics. There is absolutely no reason for anyone to be concerned about strength issues with this design.