I have a 125 (same as the 1251) without a stand. It's not set up at the moment because my garage has no roof on it currently.... : /
But making a stand will be on my to-do list.
I was considering the top last night. I know the sawdust plan is to make a wooden top with strips of metal in it, but I did wonder about using a simple thick steel sheet. But then maybe I should make a larger / wider stand anyway?