How to Make a Wood Cheese Board

Written by ashley leonard
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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
  • Marker
  • Pencil
  • Safety glasses
  • 220-Grit sandpaper
  • Orbital sander
  • Tack cloth
  • Rag
  • Spindle sander
  • Drill press

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    Find a cheese board pattern you like. There are many websites, such as, 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.

  2. 2

    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.

  3. 3

    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.

  4. 4

    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.

  5. 5

    Drill a hole into the handle of the cheese board with a drill press and a 1/4-inch bit.

  6. 6

    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.

  7. 7

    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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