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 Lauren Comer for Family Handyman

Step 2

Cut the shape

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

Cut DesignLauren Comer for Family Handyman