Charcuterie boards have been popular lately and to purchase one can be pretty pricey. The good thing is that if you have a little woodworking experience, you are able to make your own board in a few simple steps.
To make a wood charcuterie board, you will need the following materials:
- Wood: You can use any type of wood that you like, as long as it is food safe. Some options include maple, cherry, walnut, or oak. You can purchase a pre-made board or cut your own piece of wood to the desired size and shape.
- Sandpaper: You will need sandpaper to smooth the surface of the wood and remove any rough edges.
- Wood conditioner: If you are using a soft wood like pine, it is a good idea to apply a wood conditioner before staining to help the wood accept the stain more evenly.
- Wood stain: Choose a wood stain that matches your desired color and finish.
- Finishing oil: After the stain has dried, apply a finishing oil to protect the wood and give it a smooth finish. Some options include mineral oil, beeswax, or linseed oil.
- Handles: If you want to add handles to your board, you can do so by drilling holes in the sides of the board and attaching handles with screws. You can also cut the shape of the handle into the board.
To assemble the board:
- Sand the wood to remove any rough edges and smooth the surface.
- If using a soft wood, apply wood conditioner according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
- Apply wood stain to the board, following the manufacturer’s instructions.
- Once the stain has dried, apply a finishing oil to protect the wood and give it a smooth finish.
- If desired, attach handles to the sides of the board using screws. Not all boards need handles. This would depend on the shape of the board you decide.
- Allow the board to dry completely before using it to serve food.
I hope this helps! Let me know if you have any other comments or suggestions.