One of my favorite projects of the year so far was surprising my family with a custom made charcuterie board. My wife is always talking about neat projects she sees on the internet and a charcuterie board was her latest. Knowing me, I had to build one. I wanted to step outside the box and make it out of multiple types of wood and also have it spin for meal time. Below I have a few pictures and videos of the project. It is something anyone with a basic knowledge of woodworking could do. Just follow along and let me know your impressions.
Easy to Make Charcuterie Board/Lazy Susan
I went to my local hardware store and bought strips of wood. In the picture you will see oak, poplar, walnut, and mahogany. Each strip is a different width but they are all 3/4 of an inch thick. That way when I put them together they will be much easier to work with. When you make your own board you can set up the design you want.
Here is half the board glued and clamped together. I used the larger oak board on the outside, followed by mahogany, poplar, and the skinny walnut strip. I used a food grade wood glue and let the pieces dry overnight.
Here are both halves of the project glued up. The ends do not have to be flush or even. When everything gets glued up I am going to cut the square board into a circle.
Here is are the two halves glued together. I let this sit for 24 hours to make sure the pieces were very strong. The design I chose turned out really nice.
Here is a second perspective of the glued up piece.
Here is a short video of when I cut the board into a circle. Many woodworkers don't realize you can actually cut a circle on a table saw using a jig. Once you do it with the table saw you'll never do it any other way.
After the board was cut into a circle I used a Lazy Susan hardware piece I picked up from the hardware store. Very easy to install, came with the screws and it turned really nice.
All I needed to finish the install of the hardware was a scrap piece of wood from my shop. I sanded the whole project down with 220 grit sandpaper and coated it with two coats of mineral oil that was food grade made specifically for cutting boards. Once it dries you can actually put food directly on the board and it is easy to clean. It makes a nice centerpiece for your dining room table and just enhances the family dinner.
Here is a short video of the making of the project including the reveal.
Here is the breakfast I made for the family while surprising them with the board. I went all out and cooked up a huge meal of pancakes, bacon, sausage, and all the fixings. I hope you all enjoyed this project. Don't forget to follow for more future projects and let me know what you think.