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Forum topic by Steve Kreins posted 01-25-2014 02:18 AM 1092 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Steve Kreins

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01-25-2014 02:18 AM

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I’m working on my first cutting board, end grain, and I noticed a few small thin places between the lamination that look like cracks, but they are actually from not being very careful with my cuts. If the two sides coming together were perfectly parallel there wouldn’t be that gap. We’re talking maybe less than 1/16th to 1/64th and an inch long in a couple of spots. I’m not sure, but I’d guess they are very deep.

So while the second glue up dries I thought I’d ask: How do I fill those gaps before finishing?
I think I read that a paste of fine sawdust and glue would do the trick.

As always, thanks for the help!

-- I thank God for everything, especially all of you!

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#1 posted 01-25-2014 02:22 AM

You could force a bit of glue in the cracks and immediately sand. The dust will mix in and you’ll never see the cracks.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#2 posted 01-25-2014 02:39 AM

As a follow up to Gene’s suggestion, use your shop vac on the back side of the crack to pull the glue into the crack.

-- Art

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#3 posted 01-25-2014 03:07 AM

I like both answers and YES I use sawdust and glue mixed in this case

-- Just learning the craft my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ practiced.

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#4 posted 01-25-2014 03:46 PM

Hey Steve, I think Jean and AandCstyle got it tight. The only thing I could add is that white glue is a better choice If your wood is light coloured. yellow glue is better if your wood is dark. So here lies the dilemma on cutting boards we often use a combination of both. so what I often do if the gaps are hair line I will use Elmers wood paste. Now you need to make sure you fill all the gap or food buildup and bacteria will result. Glue is not as pretty but far safer. I bet some other guys on here will give you some very good ideas. Good luck and God bless. Great that your making dust…. Denis.

-- Denis in Grande Prairie. Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mistery, but today is a gift. That is why it is called the present.....Pink !

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#5 posted 01-25-2014 05:18 PM

All I’ll add is that whatever I’m working on, I’ll save some of the sawdust in little tins (altoids tins work great). Often I’ll have several tins of different color and/or coarseness dust, and often slivers from carving as well. This way I can always get a decent color match.

-- Malcolm Laurel -

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#6 posted 02-03-2014 09:38 PM

I’ll second Malcolm’s reply—a supply of various wood dusts from your projects is another tool in my collection.

-- Jim, Altadena, CA

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#7 posted 02-04-2014 01:18 AM

Marc can say it better than I can:

-- paxorion

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