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Forum topic by ryguy posted 02-01-2011 06:25 PM 1156 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-01-2011 06:25 PM

I am finishing up gluing up a butcher block island top that is 43×69 and I have a couple of questions about finishing it. Any suggestions would be greatly helpful. First, I have most of the glue up complete and it is planed to a uniform thickness, but there a couple of spots where the top has some small grooves along where two boards meet up. (There are probably 10 of them and they measure from 1/4” to 3/4” long and 1/8” wide) My questions is how to fill them so they blend in with the wood (red oak) as I would like the top to be uniformly flat. I am planning on using waterlox to finish the top, but I suspect it will not fill these little grooves. Should I use wood putty? Saw dust from the wood with glue? Other ideas?

By the way, we will not be using this to cut on, just as a counter top on our island.

Thanks in advance guys…

-- Ryan, Cincinnati, OH

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#1 posted 02-01-2011 06:50 PM

How deep are the grooves, and are they machining grooves or splits?? 1/8” is pretty wide to fill in and not see them. If they are as deep as they are wide perhaps you could cut a filler piece and glue it in.

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#2 posted 02-01-2011 07:09 PM

The groves are not from machining- they are basically where a corner of one of the boards glued together is chipped or knocked off. They are not really deep- the deepest would be 1/8” or 3/16”. I don’t think a filler piece would work because they are so small. I could keep planing them down, but more of these could appear and I like the thickness (about 2 1/8”).


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#3 posted 02-01-2011 07:13 PM

there are not too many things you can do here but one of them is you could chisel a larger area off to enlarge that grove and fill it in with a rectangular scrap of same wood – much like a patch so to speak, or go with decorative patches… or… you get the point.

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#4 posted 02-01-2011 07:35 PM

You could fill the voids with two part epoxy, either clear or colored with dye. More than likely you will still see these places, but there won’t be a hole in the top and it does add a certain aspect of character to your top (IMO).


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