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Posted on Filling gaps on butcher block glue up

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#1 posted 10-19-2018 12:23 AM

I would collect some very fine sawdust of the color wood you are filling the gap next to. A orbital or belt sander with a dust bag attaches is a good way to collect the dust. Then pack as much as you can into the cracks followed by some “thin” CA glue, followed immediately with some medium or thick CA glue until on more will seep in. The thin glue acts as a wicking agent for the thicker glue. After it drys if there are some voids where the glue went below the surface just apply more glue. Sand flush and the cracks will almost disappear.

That said if you are having spaces or cracks in the glue joint like that you need to do a better job of squaring up your wood and clamping it during the glue up. Most of those cracks just should not be there if you did everything correctly. Dry fitting, with clamps will show the problems before applying glue.

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