End Grain Cutting Board - Gaps After Second Glue up

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Forum topic by CLS89 posted 02-03-2019 09:19 PM 766 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-03-2019 09:19 PM

I am beginner woodworker and I am getting ready to finish my first end grain cutting board. I used purple heart and hard maple for this project. I don’t have a jointer and a thickness planer, so I created a router flattening sled to face joint the first glue up. Problem is I believe there is something wrong with my setup because the jig didn’t plane the first glue-up perfectly flat. I believe the sled/gantry and the rails it sits on are flexing. I will reconfigure. However, I went ahead and did the second glue-up. Obviously, the boards don’t sit flush with one another. The attached photo was taken before I glued and clamped the pieces, so the gaps in the final product will be smaller, but I still expect them to be there, so I need to be ready to fill them before final flattening and sanding. My plan is to fill the gaps with ether an food safe epoxy or glue + saw dust once the glue-up drys. Which of these two options would work best for this type of problem? Are there additional solution’s? Please advise. Thanks

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#1 posted 02-03-2019 10:25 PM

if the gap is small enough sand while glue is wet and it will disappear

-- if it is to be it is up to me

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#2 posted 02-28-2019 03:14 AM

sawdust mixed with wood glue will fill the gaps

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#3 posted 02-28-2019 03:30 AM

There shouldn’t be any gaps on cutting boards. Maybe you should stick to long grain boards simple stuff till you get a jointer planer.

-- Aj

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#4 posted 02-28-2019 03:35 AM

How bad is the gap once you have clamping pressure on it?

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#5 posted 02-28-2019 06:19 PM

Those look like they will close with clamping pressure. Use cauls, use lots over and under, and crank them tight.

-- Sawdust Maker

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#6 posted 02-28-2019 07:26 PM

Do the glue up in sections and I bet you will be able to close the gaps.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#7 posted 02-28-2019 11:18 PM

I agree with Bondo. You will get better results easier if you will glue it up in sections rather than all at once.

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