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Before the sheer clamps are glued to the side panels, I mark out their positions with a pencil and some marking out tools. While I am at it, I also mark out on the panels the positions of holes drilled along the panel edges that will take small lengths of copper wire that are used to 'stitch' the panels together during the process of constructing the hull. For this, I use a hand drill fitted with a small drill bit. The tiny piece of cardboard around the drill bit stops it from marking the surface of the mahogany. While drilling, the panel is clamped to a plank of scrap plywood so that when the drill comes out the other side it does not tear the mahogany. The panels are drilled together in mirrored pairs, and the positioning and frequency of the holes is in relation to the amount of stress put on the panels when wired together. As you can now begin to see and understand, there is nothing slapdash or sloppy about building a wooden kayak - attention to detail means everything.