Making a cheese board out of wood is a fun and easy woodworking project. With little expense and a few hours of time, you could have a practical and beautiful board for serving cheese. Once you've mastered this project, you may want to make several more as gifts.
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Things you need
- Olivewood (or other hard wood) board, 1/2-inch thick
- Scroll saw
- Cheese board pattern
- Vellum paper
- Safety glasses
- 220-Grit sandpaper
- Orbital sander
- Tack cloth
- Spindle sander
- Drill press
Find a cheese board pattern you like. There are many websites, such as leeswoodprojects.com, that offer woodworking patterns you can print. Trace the pattern onto vellum, a translucent paper that can be found in art stores. You will be able to cut the board to the exact measurements more easily using Vellum.
Trace the pattern onto the wood board, 1/2-inch thick, with a marker or pencil. Press down firmly so you can see the mark. Use olivewood or another hard wood for a beautiful and durable finished product.
Cut out the shape using a scroll saw, which is used to cut curved shapes. Be very careful when using the saw and wear safety glasses.
Smooth out the four corners of the board using a spindle sander, which is used primarily for edges. Use a router with a 3/8-inch round bit to shape the top and outer edges of the cheese board.
Drill a hole into the handle of the cheese board with a drill press and a 1/4-inch bit.
Sand the cheese board with an orbital sander and 220-grit sandpaper. Then sand all of the edges by hand with the 220-grit sandpaper. Wipe of the excess dust with a tack cloth.
Apply mineral oil to the cheese board to give it a professional finish. Use a dry rag to apply the oil and let it dry for about 48 hours.
Tips and warnings
- As always, be careful when working with power tools. Wear safety glasses to protect your eyes from dust and flyaway objects.
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