I chose to finish all inside areas of the rudder head assembly prior to glueing on the outer cheek panels. I used small wooden blocks to keep from denting the wood with the clamps (even light pressure will dent this plywood).
When cutting off the protruding dowels, I placed duck tape on my Japanese hand saw (just under the teeth of the saw). This allows the saw to glide over the wood, cutting the dowel flush with the surrounding plywood, without skinning the plywood.Preparing for final coat. I’m using Rust-oleum Gloss Hunter Green #7738. I’ll now glue in the brass bushings.
Why build your own sailboat? Because you can