help with warped beam joinery
hey guys. I am building a bench out of a reclaimed beam. I tried to clamp two 4 1/2 foot long 4X8 beams together but the ends were just too warped stay together. About 7 inches in on each side, the pieces begin to separate until they're about 3/8" separated at the very ends. This wouldn't be much of a problem if I were planning on painting it. I could just use some wood filler or something and paint over it. However, I was hoping to stain the seat since it's solid wood. Is there a good way to fill those gaps and still make it look decent with stain? Maybe epoxy or something? Or is it too late for me and I just need to paint it?