Best glue for butcher blocking

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Forum topic by woodworker33 posted 09-03-2014 01:27 AM 946 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-03-2014 01:27 AM

I’ve been experiencing issues with my butcher blocked pieces, they either crack at the seams or the glue is slightly raised after sitting for a couple weeks/months. I allow the glued piece to dry for at least a week before working on it to make sure it’s dried thoroughly. Not sure if it’s the glue (using Titebond I), but wondering if someone can recommend the best glue for butcher blocking woods like walnut, birch and maple. It doesn’t need to be a food-safe glue.

Here’s an image of the cracks, each wood piece glued together is 3/4” wide:


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#1 posted 09-03-2014 02:31 AM

Dry fit the pieces and make sure they fit together with no gap and minimal clamping force.
Also use a waterproof glue like Titebond III instead of I.

-- Joel

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#2 posted 09-03-2014 02:52 AM

Thanks Joel! I’ve read on the forum that Titebond III leaves a dark line when dried so it’s not ideal for light woods such as birch or maple. Is that something I should be concerned about?

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#3 posted 09-03-2014 03:20 AM

Alternative is titebond 2, which is also water resistant. I’ve used both for cutting boards and have never experienced a problem with the grain raising along the seams. Cracks like you show would seem to be using not enough glue, I keep a pile of sawdust nearby when gluing and as soon as I finish clamping will rub the sawdust into the glue that squeezes out and scrap with a plane blade. I like to see glue squeeze out of the seam on both sides, full length, so far no seam issues.

-- --Rev. Russ in NY-- A posse ad esse

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