Interesting. Looks like the slot gets too narrow for the ring when you put the bases together, so you have to place it outside like that. But still--it works. Both base parts do lock together to get him high enough. I did rather wish the group making this ring would also make a new stand. But either way it still looks so much better. [EDIT] I just put my two bases together again, but I'm looking at the slot and it's pretty much the same width all the way through. So I wonder if you could 'thread' the bottom connection of the ring through them? Or were they made too thick and can't fit in the slot anyway?