Cheese boards are good projects for both the beginner and the skilled
WW, and they make nice gifts.
- No complicated joinery.
- Only need table saw, router, plane or planer. Grrripper or equivalent
highly recommended for cutting small pieces.
- Plenty of glue-up experience. I use TB III. For oily woods, roughen
the to-be-glued surfaces with sandpaper, wipe with acetone, glue up.
- A *great*
way to use your scrap.
- Little disappointment if you screw up.
- Rockler sells soft rubber-like bumpers for the bottom so the board
doesn't scratch the table or vice-versa: http://tinyurl.com/7rkev .
drill a 3/8" hole and press 'em in.
- Finishing is easy.
I finish them with a quick rub with mineral oil, then wipe the excess
off as thorougly as possible, then top them off with 2-3 coats of
Johnson's wax. (If you don't start with oil the wax will fill the pores
with a very noticible yellowish deposit.)
I have since brewed up my own finish with 2 parts carnauba wax flakes,
one part purified beeswax and 4-5 parts mineral oil. Makes a nice
Check out the cheese boards I made for family members for Christmas:
Vince Heuring. To email, remove the Vince.