Of all of the things in the whole wide world, there are two things I love the most… cheese and woodworking. Cue one of the only opportunities I’ll have ever have to combine my love for both – a DIY live edge wood serving board! This was my first project in my fully finished shed-shop and I am so excited to show you how easy it was to make! I’m honestly also in a rush to eat more cheese, so let’s get to it!
How To Make A DIY Live Edge Wood Serving Board
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I’ve been so busy focusing on my shed-shop build, that I haven’t had time to create something fun in my new workshop. So, I decided to take an evening and make something I’ve been wanting to try for a while, a live edge wood serving board (also known as a “charcuterie board” — although, that’s a really fancy term and I’m still not sure I’m pronouncing it the right way).
When I stumbled upon these black walnut slabs from The Lumber Shack, I immediately knew I needed to make them into serving trays. Mostly because I have a serious addiction to cheese… but, also because the potential in these slabs were so real. This project took me a couple of hours and lasted me days of cheesy, snacking bliss.
Now I’m getting hungry… let’s do this!
Live Edge Walnut Slab
1. If your slab is level and perfectly flat, start by drafting your design on the wood slab of your choice. If you have a slab of wood that isn’t level, you will need to do some prep work before this which may involve planing your board.
I wanted my project to feel really organic, so I just freehanded something simple with a pencil. I loved the live edge on this particular slab, so I included it in the design.
2. Once you’ve drafted your design, clamp your workpiece to a secure spot and use a jig saw to cut out the design.
3. Once my design was cut out, I used a Kutzall fine hand rasp to round over all of the edges of the board. I loved this method because it made the board look rugged and organic. If you’re looking for something more polished, you may want to use a router with a roundover bit.
4. Next, remove the live edge bark with the hand rasp as well.
5. Once you’re happy with the shape, take your serving board’s handle to the drill press and use a forstner bit to drill a handle. I used a 1 5/8″ bit.
6. Use the hand rasp to roundover the handle.
7. Once you’re happy with the shape, sand your board. I started at 120 grit with a sander and worked my way all the way to hand sanding with 320 grit.
I also made sure to raise the grain with water after sanding to 320 grit and then sand it down once more. This will help keep it smooth even after it’s wiped down with a damp rag in the future.
8. Use a food-safe finish to seal your board. I used Walrus Oil!
Now just add your snacks and binge-eat some cheese!
I am so excited to serve up some delcious-ness at my next family function, especially since I made this serving board myself! All I need now is some wine…
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