Wooden serving boards are all the rage at bars, restaurants and cafes right across the country. They’re also the perfect DIY project and a great excuse to get out your power tools. Cheese boards are relatively cheap, quick and easy to make and you’ll get heaps of use out of them preparing and serving tasty treats.
What power tools will we be using to make our cheese board?
Important safety tips and information
For each power tool used please refer to the product manual for the safety info you need. Make sure that you don’t have any lose hair, clothing or other items that can make contact with the tools while they’re in use.
Wait for the tools to come to a complete stop before putting them down on the bench.
If you’re not confident using a tool, ask someone to supervise before trying to go it alone.
How to make your cheese board
Cut out a template and trace it onto your timber work piece with a pencil. Make sure you align to each side of the board before you trace.
Use your template to mark an ‘X’ where the centre will be for drilling.
Clamp your timber to your workbench.
Check that your marked ‘X’ is clear of the bench so that you are only drilling into your cheeseboard. Insert your 19mm or 20mm spade bit into the drill chuck, tighten and test that the drill bit is inserted properly. Line the centre point of your spade drill bit up with the centre of the X on your cheese board.
Hold your drill vertically. Set your drill to high speed, apply low pressure and drill until the tip of the drill bit pierces the bottom of your project.
Flip your cheeseboard, re-clamp and drill through leaving a clean hole.
Fit a blade suitable for your timber to your jigsaw. Make sure your base plate is flat and level on your work piece. Depress the trigger fully and then move slowly through your work piece.
Rotate your cheeseboard and cut the other edge.
Use your detail sander to work in circular motions along all of the flat edges of your cheese board. Use medium grit sandpaper first and follow it up with a fine grit sand paper.
Put your own flavour on your cheese board
Using a laminate trimmer you’ll be able to create a variety of decorative beveled or round edges to give your cheeseboard the look and feel you want.
Clamp your cheese board to the inside of your workbench and adjust the depth of your cut to make sure the router bit does not make contact with the bench.
Use your laminate trimmer to rout the edges in a smooth, anticlockwise motion with an even amount of pressure towards the centre of your board. Ensure the base plate of the laminate trimmer is flat and level on the cheese board at all times.
Optional: If you want to rout the inside of the hole on your cheese board you can. Simply place the router bit in the hole while the tool is turned off. Tilt the unit up on one edge of the base guide. Keep the unit steady on its edge; turn the unit on and angle back into the hole. With the base guide flat on the cheese board move the unit in a clockwise motion. Turn the laminate trimmer off and place it on its side with the router bit facing away from you.
Sand down any rough edges if required and give your cheese board a quick wipe down to remove any loose timber or sawdust.
Finish your cheese board with food grade oil, dry and re-coat as many times as you like.
Serve up some delicious cheese with a beverage of your choice and enjoy.
For further information download our ‘How To Make A Cheese board‘ guide.