A Handsome Cheese Board

Hand made projects are the best. Especially when you can source your materials right from your backyard! Here are some tips and tricks to creating your own handmade cheese board.  

 With some help I was able to create some cross sections that were about 2 inches thick. 

With some help I was able to create some cross sections that were about 2 inches thick. 

 Ready for some sanding. 

Ready for some sanding. 

 I took my time sanding the surface down. With using a chainsaw, there are inevitable ridges from the blades. I wanted to try to smooth those out as much as I could. Some are still remaining, but to me that makes it feel and look more rustic. 

I took my time sanding the surface down. With using a chainsaw, there are inevitable ridges from the blades. I wanted to try to smooth those out as much as I could. Some are still remaining, but to me that makes it feel and look more rustic. 

 Applying a mineral oil to the surface. You can liberally apply this oil, rubbing it into the direction of the grain with a lent free cloth. 

Applying a mineral oil to the surface. You can liberally apply this oil, rubbing it into the direction of the grain with a lent free cloth. 

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 I used this butcher block conditioner. We'll see how it holds up. Any nut oil or mineral oil should do. Make sure NOT to use canola or any type of vegetable oil as this will go rancid. 

I used this butcher block conditioner. We'll see how it holds up. Any nut oil or mineral oil should do. Make sure NOT to use canola or any type of vegetable oil as this will go rancid. 

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Steps: 

1. First you need to find wood that is already dry and has no signs of rotting. 

2. If available use a saw and evenly cut about a 2" thick piece. You can also go to a local lumber yard and have them use a mill saw to create your pieces. 

3. Sand down both surfaces with rough sandpaper. I used an electric sander since there was a lot of smoothing to be done on these pieces. 

4. Dust off surfaces with a brush. 

5. Apply a generous amount of mineral oil to the surface of the board. Coat entire board by rubbing oil in direction of the grain with a lent free rag. 

6. Let wood absorb oil and then repeat process. The wood will keep absorbing the oil so continue this until you do not notice any dry spots on the surface. 

[Tips]

Do no use vegetable or olive oil on board. These oils will go rancid and leave the board with an unpleasant odor. Look for a food grade oil like the one I mentioned above.