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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Time

A half day

Complexity

Beginner

Cost

$20-50

Introduction

Create this high-end looking charcuterie board with beginner tools and easy-to-find materials.

Tools Required

  • Clamps
  • Electric sander with 80-grit and 220-grit (or higher) sandpaper
  • Jigsaw
  • Lint-free rag

Materials Required

  • Butcher block oil
  • Close-grain hardwood board

Project step-by-step (4)

Step 1

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.

Trace Pattern

Step 2

Cut the shape

Clamp the board to your work surface and use a handheld jigsaw to cut out the shape.

Cut Design

Step 3

Sand and clean

Sand the entire surface of your board with an electric sander to remove any rough grain and soften the edges of the board.

  • 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

Sanding

Step 4

Seal

Seal the charcuterie board with butcher block oil following the package instructions.

  • Drying time average is six hours per coat.
  • Some oils require a second coat and additional drying time.
  • Allow the oil to fully cure before using your beautiful new charcuterie board.

Butcher Block Oil