Cutting Board Glue Joint Problem - Fix or Firewood?

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Forum topic by Keith Kelly posted 12-30-2015 02:50 AM 1012 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Keith Kelly

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12-30-2015 02:50 AM

I’ve made a whole lot of cutting boards in the past year. This one is for a client, and I just noticed a spot where the glue joint is bad. I feel like I worked quickly and clamped well, so my guess is perhaps a wood shaving preventing the boards from making good contact.

If you were making this, what would you do? I’m considering building a new one for the client, but if there’s a legitimate fix, that would be good to know about.

The bad glue joint is between the Walnut and Maple, and goes about 3” in. Total cutting board size is 15×20.

-- Keith - Bolivar, Missouri, ...

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#1 posted 12-30-2015 03:12 AM

You can try using thin epoxy. let it run into the crack then reclamp it. Honestly, with it being for a client, and it being facegrain I’d probably just make a new one just to be safe.

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#2 posted 12-30-2015 03:36 AM

I would rip it at the glue line and rip the other maple/walnut joint the same amount and re-glue. If you use a thin kerf blade and cut right down the middle of the joint – you won’t lose that much. Or you could make a new one for the client and just lop the bad end of the first one off and have a new, shorter board for yourself or as a gift or for another client.

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#3 posted 12-30-2015 05:24 AM

Rip just the walnut at the edge of the maple and make it 1/8” narrower, no-one will know if you don’t cut the maple


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