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For many years, a certain much loved character has been partial to a slither of Wensleydale and at the end of a meal, you too can use our cheeseboard to present a range of many more delicious cheeses and crackers. The cheeseboard has been finished with Chestnut Food Safe Finish and after use, all that’s required is to wipe it with a clean, damp cloth. We’re even convinced Gromit would approve!

What you'll need


  • Two pieces of 245 x 80 x 18mm ply
  • 350 x 65 x 18mm
  • Exact dimensions are given but these are not critical; build your cheeseboard to any convenient size. 6 or 9mm plywood/mdf will be needed for the template. Overall size - 350 x 225 x 18mm

Top Tip!

Take care to select a suitable hardwood for use with food, for example maple, sycamore or beech. Some timbers may taint any food placed on it.

Step 1

Prepare the material oversize, then plane the edges and glue together. Placing paper under the sash clamp bar prevents glue ‘squeeze out’ from staining the timber.

Gluing the boards
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Step 2

Sand both sides.

Sanding the wood


Sand using the Mirka sander.

Step 3

Mark out a half template for the handle shaping as required. Use a small object (such as a wine bottle cork) to mark out the corners.

Marking out the half template
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Step 4

Remove the waste from the template and smooth to shape. The template should be made as accurately as possible; any errors will be transferred to the finished cheeseboard during the routing process.

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Step 5

Mark a pencil line across the template and workpiece, including the edges of each.

Making centre lines across the workpiece and template
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Step 6

Line up the pencil line on the template and workpiece, then draw one half of the handle shaping.

Lining up the pencil marks
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Step 7

Turn the template over and line up the pencil marks again. Mark out the other half of the handle and shade in the waste.

Marking out the other side of the cheeseboard
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Step 8

Remove the bulk of the waste with a bandsaw or coping saw.

Remove the bulk of the waste
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Step 9

Clamp the template firmly to the workpiece. Bearing cut the handle to the template profile.

Bearing cut the handle shape with a router
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Step 10

Clean up the inside and outside corners. ‘Router burn’ occurs when the cutter is passed too slowly round the template or if the cutter is blunt.


Mark out and drill a 10mm hanging hole in the handle.

Step 11

Shape the final two corners. Sand all sides and edges, apply three coats of ‘Food Safe Finish’ to the cheeseboard.

‘Completed project with ‘food safe’ finish

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