what to do with knots in cutting boards?

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Forum topic by indychips posted 08-14-2012 01:02 PM 2684 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-14-2012 01:02 PM

I have made several end grain cutting boards this past week. In a few cases, when I cut cross cut my pieces, a few never seen before knots appear. What can I use to fill in the voids where the knots are? I know the voids left by knots cannot be good for raw meet juices, so how can I fill them? Wood putty, wood glue, CA glue, saw dust mixed with glue? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

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#1 posted 08-14-2012 01:35 PM

If it were me, I would fill the knot holes with a mixture of 5-minute epoxy and fine sanding sawdust. Fill the holes and leave them just proud of the surface where they can be scraped and sanded down once cured. I use this fix for almost all of my knot problems.

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#2 posted 08-14-2012 06:06 PM

Another vote for epoxy here.

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California,

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#3 posted 08-14-2012 11:37 PM

Depending on the size, drill out the knot with a forstner bit, then glue in a plug from the same specie. I haven’t needed to do this, but it seems like it would work. Just a thought.

-- Art

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