I was commissioned to create a butcher block table and cutting board from poplar, walnut, cherry and ash. Despite best efforts, both pieces have some voids which the Titebond III didn't fill. I am thinking of filling the smaller cracks with hide glue and the larger voids with a mix of hide glue and wood dust. Ideas or suggestions? Thanks.
I used 1.5" roughsawn for the ash, cherry and walnut, and planed random pieces, glued up strips... all to recreate an end grain butcher block table which I didn't really expect to be used as a butcher block. I don't know that the glue-up at this point would be deemed unsafe for food contact, but the voids certainly have to be filled. Had I known it would be used as a cutting block, I would probably have insisted on hard maple.

  • Is this a end grain butcher block table as used in old school butcher shops? Will the surface be used for food prep?
    – Jack
    Jan 14, 2016 at 0:55
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    This would be an excellent question for the woodworking SE Jan 14, 2016 at 13:01

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If you can, I would recommend cutting down the joint with a thin bandsaw blade & then machining both pieces with a jointer to get the super tight fit that you really should have between your boards. The reason I suggest this is that cutting boards can give up particles when sliced/chopped on that would end up on the food that is processed on the cutting board (especially meat)--which I doubt you or anyone else would want to eat, due to the toxicity of adhesives.

If, on the other hand, you can find a non-toxic bonding adhesive then the above suggestion could be avoided.

hth best regards!

  • This would be especially true for the cutting board which may see some wet service, that can break down the adhesive over time unless it's 'waterproof'. Jan 14, 2016 at 13:02

I think you are on the right track. I would mix glue and sawdust until a got the consistency I wanted and use that as filler.

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