DIY Charcuterie Board
create a high end looking charcuterie board with just a few simple materials.
Hello, sweet friends!
I hope today’s post finds you all well!
We’ve been busy with a few outdoor projects until Mother Nature decided to send us some rain. LOTS of rain in fact.
But that’s okay because we have some ‘inside’ projects that need our attention too!
With that said, I’m also taking a bit of ‘creative’ time away from work and home improvement projects!
I’m finding that these little creative escapes keep my mind off of all the craziness going on right now, and help to alleviate the almost suffocating anxiety that I feel some days.
I fell head over heels with this Charcuterie Board with handles that I found online a few months ago. I just adore the rustic combination of wood and metal. And it’s the perfect width and length for my entertaining needs. (That is whenever we can get back to entertaining of course.)
It was also on sale for $35.99! A bargain since it was regularly priced at $70! As far as I was concerned it was a done deal and I was just about to add it to my cart when Michael glanced over and said, “You could make that for little or nothing.”
Sometimes I really hate it when he’s right.
But he was. Here’s the thing though, friends. There’s more involved in making a Charcuterie board than just cutting a piece of wood and slapping on some handles.
Because you’re going to be EATING food off that board!
That means you can’t just use any old board in your stockpile! Some of that wood may be treated and you don’t want to be eating ANYTHING off of that.
You also need to think about a food-safe sealer to protect the wood. (I’ll get to that in a bit).
First let’s talk about the wood.
There are three types of domestic wood that work well for making serving trays that will hold food. This according to several forestry sites as well as woodworking experts.
Walnut- Cedar- Oak
I found this GORGEOUS piece of red cedar (1×6) in our stash that I thought would be perfect for my Charcuterie Board. But before I could get started on making it, I needed to be sure this wood wasn’t treated. Thankfully, it still had a tag on it. The tag said it was Kiln Dried Red Cedar.
If you’re an expert on wood, forgive my ignorance. Even though I understood kiln-dried meant the wood was dried in a kiln (oven) I still wondered if any chemicals were used during the process. After reading several articles from forestry sites and Home Depot (where I bought the wood from), I found out that it basically means the wood is put in these large kilns (oven) which uses circulating heated air to remove the moisture out of the wood.
Now that I knew the piece of wood I had chosen was safe to use, it was time to put it all together!
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Pre-cut wood (I bought mine as is 1″x 6″x 5 1/2′) TIP: Home Depot will cut the exact measurement you want for free!
Creating a Charcuterie Board
Step One: Clean and Disinfect your wood.
Now depending on your wood the first step might be sanding. My piece was in good condition and didn’t need it. So instead I started by giving the wood a good scrubbing. The best cleaner and disinfectant for wood in my opinion is vinegar. It won’t discolor the wood like bleach or an all-purpose cleaner might. And because wood is so porous you definitely don’t want to use something toxic like that anyway. I used the scouring pad side of the scrub sponge to “clean sand’ as I like to call it.
Step Two: Paint the Hardware
I had these drawer pulls on hand from another project we did (extras). Obviously green was not the color I was going for. LOL! You also can get them in bronze, black, silver, etc.(See above in materials.) I decided on bronze for mine because I love the look of that against the wood. TOTAL: Two coats (1 hour drying time in between)
Step Three: Attach the hardware to your wood
(My apologies for the somewhat blurry photos in this step. Michael was behind the camera this time and he isn’t quite used to the focus on my iPhone yet. LOL!)
Once you have your hardware centered the most important thing to do in this step is PRE-DRILL your holes for the screws! It’s a must folks! Why? Because the last thing you want is to split your wood! By predrilling you’ll prevent that.
Step Four: Apply Butcher Block Oil
I chose Butcher Block Oil to protect and seal my wood after doing a TON of research!!! There are several other options available that are also food safe. Shellac, Mineral Oil, Tung Oil, & Walnut Oil. Each of these is perfectly safe when dry so it’s entirely up to you which one you choose. You can see in the photo that it goes on clear so it won’t change the color of the wood.
It does require (like most of these sealers) time for curing. I let mine sit for 72 hours which was recommended.
And that’s it! My Charcuterie Board is ready to use!
So this past weekend Micheal and I had one of our ‘appetizers for dinner’ nights and I filled it up with some of our favorites!
It was the PERFECT size for goodies in bowls and out. Things like our favorite cheeses, smoked meat, nuts, grapes, berries, and crackers too!
This weekend I think I’ll load up our Charcuterie Board with breakfast stuff!
Since I already had everything but the Butcher Block Oil, my total cost for this project was $12.98! That’s a savings of around $22 from the inspiration piece!
I hope today’s post inspires you to create your own Charcuterie Board!
Check out these other Knock Off DIY’s for even MORE inspiration!
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