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Fitting the keel to the hull (cont.):  I'm back.  My doctor has cleared me to do heavy lifting and all of my blood tests are negative.  You might say that this has been a lost summer!

During my down time I didn't totally wimp out.  I reorganized my shop so that my most-used tools are on the peg board in front of my work bench.  All of the other stuff either went onto an adjacent pegboard, on a shelf, or into the trash.  I also got industrial-type dollies to put under my table saw and planner.  This makes everything in the shop movable, which is handy for sweeping and cutting/planning long wood stock.  Since the temperature here in Florida still reaches 90 degrees in October, I also broke down and got myself a 24,000 BTU window air conditioner.

My rearranged workspace.

My roll-around table saw.  New  A/C.

While taking measurements for the rest of the keel, I noticed a small swale in the keel area.  It's so small that I easily could have ignored it, but it's bothersome.  I decided to fair that area before continuing the keel installation.

Applying filler to the swale. Using a scrap of luan plywood to fair the keel area.
   
   

Using extra filler to fill knots, screw holes etc.

My next step will be to lay a 2X8 on the keel area and measure for the remainder of the keel.  This will probably take place in about three weeks.

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