This post is what I would call serendipitous.
There were two bits of fate that aligned at the same time that insisted I make my own charcuterie board.
The first was that a FAVOURITE blogger of mine – Kelly Nan – showed a gorgeous patio tablescape the other day that included a scrumptious looking cheese board from Pottery Barn.
The second bit of fate was that it was about that same time that I came across a contest for Ryobi North where they were looking for brand ambassadors in Canada, BUT you had to create a project that used a Ryobi tool you already owned as part of your submission.
The only Ryobi tool I have (right now anyways) is a jig saw – which meant larger projects weren’t really something I could submit.
A DIY charcuterie board/ cheese board however, is made using only two tools – a bright green jig saw and a rotary sander.
Whether I make the Ryobi Team or not, I wanted to share the project with you because it really is so easy and you can impress your guests with your amazing talent.
I had some scrap 2×10″ wood in my garage and small bits of 2×2″ wood. I cut a rectangle from my 2×10″ that measured 13″ by 9.5″ – but you can choose any size you like.
I traced the bottom of small paint cans to create rounded edges that I cut with my Ryobi jig saw. I also used the rounded can to trace out a small handle to carry the DIY charcuterie board with.
I cut my scrap 2×2″ board down to give me cubes and then cut the edges off at a 15° angle to give me the legs.
Now all I needed to do was to sand it to give it a worn and rustic look.
The legs were sanded before adhering with wood glue.
To get the centre divot, run your random orbit sander in a small oval over and over again until the centre is lower than the rest of the board. The edges were sanded smooth and then I touched them with the sander here and there at different angles and heights to give the notched variations.
The Pottery Barn version of this charcuterie board is made from mango wood, where mine is just made from builder grade pine. That means saving mucho-buckos from their $59 – $99 versions.
Mine is also smaller than their smallest wood board – but 9.5″ x 13″ is still a pretty large board and serves more than enough for two.
Ah, romantic cheese and sausage breath with your Hubby. lol
Before serving food on your DIY charcuterie board, you will need to treat the wood with food safe oil and wax.
I applied a generous coating of the cutting board oil and let it soak into the paddle. I followed up by applying a coating of the food safe cutting board wax. *Note: the wax does contain oils from tree nuts
My charcuterie board is protected from oils and stains from food, will be resistant to cracking and/or shrinking and has a food safe surface that I can serve on.
I just wash with warm water and soap and re-treat the paddle occasionally and it should last forever.
As part of the submission application to Ryobi, you had to include a photo of the Ryobi tool you used – so here is my attempt at “styled photography with product placement”.
- 2″x10″ scrap wood = free
- 2″x2″ scrap wood = free
- wood glue = already had
- sandpaper = already had
- cutting board oil and wax = $25
Plus I can make a dozen more using up more scrap wood and the oil and wax from this build. I’m guesstimating that these will come in at about $2.50 per DIY charcuterie board.
An easy build, a decorative accessory, a gorgeous knock-off and a functional piece – that’s a ginormous win in my books!
(If you know anyone at Ryobi North – put in a good word for me!)
Have a great one!