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I am working on a kitchen that has a 2x4 "X" on 2 of the sides. The is has been created from one full length / slat and to short slats to comprise the look of the \ slat. I connected them together using pocket hole screws. The lumber I started with had rounded corners. Where the short slats meet the full slat there is a gap from the rounding that is becoming more irritating the more I look at it. My plan is to paint the hole base white and stain the top. I was thinking about filling the void with either caulk or wood putty.

Have you ever dealt with this issue?

What would be the solution if you were no going to paint it? The only one I can think of is to cut off the rounded edges first.

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I would typically joint and plane the wood to get it flat and square which would remove the factory machined edges in the process. I did something similar with some Western Red Cedar I used for a fence gate.

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Thanks for the response! Currently I don't have a planner or jointer.

I have considered purchasing an 8 in jointer and using it as a planner and jointer. Is that an unrealistic expectation?

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It looks like you’ve built a trestle out of construction grade 2 x 4’s.
Is this an indoor project or for outdoors?
Do you plan to paint it?
If you do plan to paint it, I recommend you caulk the cracks for a more finished look.
If you want to avoid this type crack you will need to remove the rounded corners prior to assembly.
You can cut the corners off in a variety of ways but a table saw or jointer would be the easy method.
A hand plane will do it of course but will be a slower method.

If you don't have time to do it right the first time, when will you have time to do it over?
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Thanks for the response! Currently I don't have a planner or jointer.

I have considered purchasing an 8 in jointer and using it as a planner and jointer. Is that an unrealistic expectation?

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A jointer will not work as a planer. A jointer will only flatten the face or edge of a piece of wood. One side will be flat, but if there is a variation in thickness after one side is jointed, end to end or side to side, or both, jointing the second side will give you a smooth flat surface, but it will not be parallel to the first side. Any taper will merely be repeated, just a thinner piece of wood.

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I just rip 1/4" off each side of the 2x4 on my table saw when I use them for other-than-structural-lumber.
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Using construction grade material the rounded corners may not be your biggest problem, how dry is this lumber?
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Frankc,

I have never really considered the moisture. It was purchased sometime this year and kept in a non climate controlled garage. Without buying a tool I'm not sure how to answer the moisture content question. How often should someone check the mc? It will be painted and used indoors.

I am very new to wood work and have very limited tools. This is my fourth project. The plans came from Ana white. I did adjust them to better fit my area.

I am grateful for all of the input I am receiving!

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I'd rip off the rounded corners like @SwampRat said.

But that being said, while it might look nice when you're done, it's still kinda going to look like a 2x4. I know because I "repurpose" a fair amount of construction lumber for projects around my house.


Oops. I didn't know it was for a kitchen island. I thought it was a wall / divider feature.



Carry on.
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A rolling island kitchen bench is so useful. I have a big old house with a big old kitchen.
I have no appetite to trash a lower cupboard for a dishwasher.
So, I have a full-size, rolling portable DW. That's my island bench.

When you have the basic structure knocked up, plan for some trim.
Feature strips of narrow moldings to add accents to plain surfaces.
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