How To Make a DIY Charcuterie Board
Create this high-end looking charcuterie board with beginner tools and easy-to-find materials.
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A half day
IntroductionCreate this high-end looking charcuterie board with beginner tools and easy-to-find materials.
- Electric sander with 80-grit and 220-grit (or higher) sandpaper
- Lint-free rag
- Butcher block oil
- Close-grain hardwood board
Project step-by-step (4)
Draw the shape and design
- Start with a close-grain hardwood board with a minimum thickness of 3/4-in., and minimum width of eight inches. Walnut, maple and cherry are good choices and cost roughly $20 to $30 per board.
- Draw the charcuterie board shape on your piece of wood. Minimum recommended dimensions are an 8-in. x 12-in. rectangle with a 2-in. x 5-in. handle, though this board can be made in various sizes.
- Creative and non-uniform shapes are encouraged with this type of project.
- Trace around the rim of a glass or cup to add uniform curves near the handles and edges of the design.
Sand and clean
Start with a low-grit sandpaper (maximum 80-grit).
Once the wood is smooth and the edges are softened, use the electric sander to sand again with 220-grit sandpaper or higher to give the board a smooth finish.
- After sanding, wipe down your work surface and charcuterie board with a damp cloth to remove any residual dust and debris. The board must be clean and free of any dust and lint before moving to the next step