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08-14-2013 09:04 PM

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Last weekend I decided to make an end grain cutting board from some scraps. After my final glue up was dry I noticed that I have huge gaps between the boards(largest around 1/16”). Needless to say I was very disappointed because I thought I had taken care when I glued it up. Anyway my question is if there is any way to fix these gaps? Or should I just chalk it up as a learning experience?

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#1 posted 08-14-2013 09:57 PM

Re-cut the joint and re-glue. That is what I would do.

-- Paul, Duvall, WA

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#2 posted 08-14-2013 10:10 PM

+1 on the cut and re-glue. Also a chalk it up to learning and use the opportunity to learn a new skill—fixing and covering mistakes. That is the most useful skill a woodworker can learn.

-- - In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice, there is.

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#3 posted 08-14-2013 11:01 PM

Yeah I thought about re cutting it but it is already fairly narrow for a cutting board so I didnt go that route. Maybe thats the only possibility though. Thanks for the input.

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#4 posted 08-14-2013 11:16 PM

Mine was a little messed up as well. So, I cut it apart, added a piece,
glued it up and made two of them as that fit my customer’s needs.

After it’s finished it’s difficult to spot a mess up.

Yours will turn out fine Doug. Good luck on your decision.

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