Cheese board, bread board, whatever-board.
If you can drill a hole or make a straight saw cut, you can make a custom inlaid cutting-serving board of your own design. We used scraps of hardwood, water-resistant wood glue, and a variety of dowels to make the three boards pictured at right.
Each takes less than an hour to complete (plus glue-drying time), so you could make several to give as gifts. Cost of materials ranges from $3 to $10, depending on choice of wood and doweling (check with hardwood dealers to find maple, walnut, or oak doweling).
Make round motifs with different-size dowels in drilled holes; for stripes, set ripped hardwood strips into sawn grooves. Or combine both techniques. After sanding boards, rub with mineral oil.
Photo: Drill holes for dowels using drill guide (shown), drill press, or a steady hand. Success with twist, auger, or spade bits depends on wood density, drilling skills. Note lapped dowels already in place
Photo: Tap dowel pegs coated with glue into glue-coated holes. Position end grain for desired effect. Dowels should be flush with board bottom. Quickly wipe off excess glue
Photo: Saw off dowel pegs using any fine-tooth saw (shown is offset backsaw) when glue has dried. While cutting, take care not to mar board or splinter doweling below board top. Fill unwanted voids with glue and sawdust
Photo: Sand with a portable sander to make everything level and reveal grain pattern of dowel ends. To prevent ends from scorching, keep the sander moving and don't press too hard
Photo: Cut a shallow saw kerf with a table saw (shown) or a radial-arm or hand-held circular saw. For wider grooves, use a dado blade. Note that one corner of wood is left square so miter gauge can be used for angles
Photo: Lay kerf-wide ripped strips of wood into glue-lined grooves. Use a generous coat of glue; tap strips into place. When dry, use a sander to sand strips flush. Cut board to shape with jig, band, or saber saw; hand sand
Photo: Dowel dots punctuate maple cutting board. The largest dowel is 1-inch maple, lapped by 3/4-inch walnut, flanked by 1/2-inch oak, then 1/4-inch walnut
Photo: Stripes of maple and purpleheart angle across this round teak cheeseboard
Photo: Ambassador's ribbon of mahogany and 1 3/4-inch oak round distinguish this board of richly toned purpleheart
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|Date:||Dec 1, 1986|
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