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What to use to fill a gap?

I'm making an end grain cutting board and have found one small spot that evidently didn't get any glue. And one piece of wood might not be perfectly flat. So there's a small gap, (less than 1/64") that I need to fill. I have on hand Titebond II and III, a thin super glue and G/glex 650. I'm thinking the G/flex is the best I have, but would like other's opinions. I still have time to get something else if there's something better than what I have on hand. Here are two photos. The first is a macro shot.
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Can you cut a very thin piece of wood to fill the spot, Ron? I realize that's pretty small...

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Epoxy. It will fill the opening with strength and be water resistant.
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Thanx for the suggestions. I decided to use epoxy. The void was really too small for wood, and then I'd have to decide which looked best - walnut or bubinga...

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For future reference, fine sanding dust and the thin super glue works well.

I pack the gap with dust as much as I can, then drip in some super glue.
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For future reference, fine sanding dust and the thin super glue works well.

I pack the gap with dust as much as I can, then drip in some super glue.
Thanx - I didn't think of that...

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Make it a design element. Rote out a .25" groove and fill it with a contrasting wood. Happy mistakes.

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Make it a design element. Rote out a .25" groove and fill it with a contrasting wood. Happy mistakes.
Thanx.

And thanx to all - the epoxy is undetectable.

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I keep thin offcuts that taper to nothing for just such fillers. Most of my work is with oak, so most of my stored supply is oak of course. If the gap is really thin...I just slim one of my "shims" on the belt sander. I always prefer to fill with the same material/wood that I have the gap in. These hide perfectly and no one has ever seen one of these repairs. I do make an effort to match grain orientation too.
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Thanx again to all who replied. The repair is undetectable, and the board is finished. I shipped it to my son today as a surprise birthday present. Here are two photos of the finished board:
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