I am aware of the two standard ways of attaching footbraces, through the wood and using the stainless steel stud kit, and have done them both. My question is, for the basic keeper foot brace, why can't it just be epoxied using a thichened epoxy--is this a structural concern, or is there a concern that the brace will need replacing and you will be stuck. and might you, as an alternate method, screw through a strip of okoume and then epoxy the strip to the boat. With a wood duck, there would be a point in construction of the hull where clamping would be pretty easy. Wisdom?