Originally Posted by Ironhinge
Id say if the wood is in decent shape leave it so the weight
on the plate gets dispersed though the glassed in ply. I would worry that a corner of a square plate might try to push though the curved outer wall
Good thinking. After looking closer, the wood is in amazing shape. I think I am going to leave it in place, not use the metal plate, and then just use superior hardware. I won't put the ensolite permanently back in place and will keep an eye on it for a bit to see how it holds, that way I can add the plate in if necessary in the future.