I won more eBay auctions than expected, so have three dinghy kits. :D I decided I would utilize one to experiment on.
The new glue I auditioned, Quick Hold, did not perform well. I will revert back to the kit manufacturer's suggestion of cyanoacrylate adhesive (superglue), but will add wood glue where appropriate.
I dyed the wood before assembly this time, which I thought would aid in the sanding process (all pieces have to be sanded to fit during construction). It worked wonderfully, I was better able to see where I was sanding, helping me keep straight, even planes. Aesthetically, I don't like the red paired with mahogany, so will have to buy different colors.
Now I am at the point where I have to decide whether to keep going with this dinghy (using superglue) and finish it to be grungy, or abandon the build. A vision of it sunk, tilted, into a landscape of cattails and lily pads, has formed in my mind, perhaps I'll use it for that.
The dinghy kit is much easier than the skiff, as the frame is stable. I look forward to building the next two.