A couple of questions from a 1st time builder tackling the wood duck 10...
I'm still at the part of the builders manual which says "plans builders must first assemble a 'kit' of parts before beginning construction." I've scarfed my plywood, transferred and cut out all shapes but transom, hatch pieces and coaming spacers. The last thing I did before taking a lengthy enforced break from the process was drill stitch holes in my deck pieces. All my planks are more or less to size but I haven't drilled any holes in them.
Now that I'm ready to get back to it, I found out something very distressing: I've been final trimming, laying my pieces down atop the plans to check for any bumps and waviness that doesn't belong, and realized that all the stitch holes I drilled in the aft deck seem to be off their marks by about a quarter of an inch. Would any harm be done if I leave these holes be (with the exception of the forms and bulkhead locations) and adjust the locations of corresponding holes in the side and sheer panels? It seems that as long as the bulkheads and forms are properly located, the plank to plank stitching can be tweaked by that much, and since I haven't drilled any holes but these bad ones it seems neater to adjust where i can than to fill everything and start over.
The other question I have is regarding the scarph joints. While I was astonished the process was apparently successful, especially as a 1st timer, I'm pretty apprehensive about bending and twisting them, and there are some unpleasant looking dents here and there which make me nervous. So for filling these dents along the scarphs: is this typically done with unthickened epoxy, or epoxy/woodflour? Does filling them strengthen the scarph, or just smooth it?