I recently glued up my first tabletop made of black cherry. I only have a table saw, planer and circular saw (no jointer). When I glued up the boards I ended up with gaps between the joints. To fill in the gaps I used a mixture of sawdust and wood glue and then sanded and it actually looked fine surprisingly. Next I stained the tabletop, but wasn’t happy with it because it was too dark. So then I sanded it and refinished it with tung oil and it looks awesome.
EXCEPT for the dark lines that run down the glue joints. The sawdust/glue mixture absorbed the first dark stain so deeply that I couldn’t sand it off. So now I have these dark lines running down the joints as shown in the image below.
My friend says to just rip these joints with the table saw and re-glue and they should fit back together perfectly this time without gaps. Is he right or does anyone have a better idea? Thanks