Wooden boards are a great way to serve cheese and other foods to your guests this New Year's Eve. This project cost us less than $20 and took fewer than five minutes of actual prep time to complete (not including the time you wait to allow the mineral oil to penetrate the wood, which is only 10 minutes anyway). This project is a simple and easy DIY project that makes for a perfect hostess gift as well! Head to your local wine and cheese shop and pick up the perfect pairing to bring to your next party.
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- A chunk of wood - we chose a dark walnut slab from Rockler with four sides finished simply because we love walnut and have a lot around our house
- Butcher Block Oil by General Finishes
- Extra Fine Sand Paper by 3M
- Prep your piece of wood by lightly going over each side with extra fine sand paper. We like to choose a slab of wood that is finished on all four sides so we don't have to whip out the power sander. Although our board was finished on all four sides, there were some sharp corners that need to be sanded down. No cutting is needed if you choose a board that is the right size like we did. We choose a slab that was 1/8" x 5" x 24" and it looks great on our table that seats 14 and on our table that seats only 4. Keep in mind that most hardware stores can cut your board down to size for you if you choose a board that is too large.
- Apply butcher block oil that meets all requirements for use with food. Make sure you do all four sides of your board and apply the butcher block oil liberally. Allow the oil to penetrate the wood for five minutes then wipe any excess off with a clean rag.
- Repeat step 2 twice and wait 24 hours to use your cheese board.
Wipe clean with a damp cloth after each use and do not use harsh chemicals to clean your wooden cheese board. Occasionally add more butcher block oil to protect the wood.
Use the The Large Cheese Knife to cut any soft cheese to avoid making any cuts in your cheese board. Our knife has yet to break in the three years we have owned it and it's made in the USA. Use a cutting board if you are hesitant to cut on your cheese board for hard cheeses or other foods to be sure you do not damage the wood surface. If you do notice some wear and tear on the surface, you can give the piece a good sanding with a power sander and then reapply mineral oil.
Try a slice of Spanish Manchego and a glass of Tempranillo for a perfect wine and cheese pairing.