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Filling gaps on butcher block glue up

by deadherring
posted 10-18-2018 09:41 PM

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#1 posted 10-18-2018 10:58 PM

Based on the photos, I’d cut the gaps out and re-glue it. Probably less work than trying to patch, and the best odds of having it look the way you want it to.

-- Barry,

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#2 posted 10-18-2018 11:07 PM

Or glue and sawdust the piss out of it

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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#3 posted 10-19-2018 12:18 AM

I’m sorry, but perfection should have been thought of before you got this far. Instead of just grabbing boards, clamps and glue, measuring and squaring would have been beneficial. ................ Jerry (in Tucson)

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#4 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.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#5 posted 10-19-2018 12:42 AM

I would probably put some epoxy into the gaps. Adding a little brown dye to the epoxy to darken it may help hide flaws.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#6 posted 10-19-2018 01:55 AM

@LesB Thanks for the suggestion. I’m not quite sure where the problem occured as I did joint every edge and face and planed every opposite face.

@Lazyman Good idea, didn’t think of that.

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#7 posted 10-19-2018 03:31 AM

If you want perfection, just start over. Not that much wood. Cut that top up into smaller cutting boards and sell them.

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