Join Date: Apr 2016
Location: Troy Michigan USA
Matt, It looks like it turned out pretty good! did you hand plane or machine plane? As far as the gaps, are the only at the ends of the shorter pieces, and how big of a gap? I see three ways of fixing the gaps. #1; is if the gap is small (say less than 1/16") you can mix glue with sanding dust of a matching color creating a paste, then force it into the gap with a puddy knife...or even your finger. Let it harden and sand even. #2; is to use a sharp marking knife to define the edges of an individual board end, then using a sharp chisel, pare the wood at a very low angle tword the end to a depth of about 1/8". Then glue in a replacement sliver/wedge, let dry, and sand or plane even. #3 Apply glue into the gap and drive a very slim wedge straight down into the gap, let dry, then sand even. No one will notice (unless you tell them), and you will have learned something...an education is worth something!