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Dec 15 - Butt joints lined up
The butt joints of the keel panel and edge panel line up quite well after a few stitches are inserted. Pygmy does not instruct you to sand these butt joints down before starting to stitch the panels together, but I think I'm going to give them a light sanding before I proceed any farther with stitching the boat together. I did, however, lightly file down the inner edges of the butt joints, so that the overall thickness of the panel was not increased at the joints, which would create a slight 'bow' in the shape of the boat at the joints.
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