Tiered Charcuterie / Serving Board
This simple and easy Charcuterie Board makes a great gift idea. It's a quick project that you can complete in less than a day! It's subtle three tiers and integrated handles give this board character. It provides plenty of space for your favorite dips, cheese, fruits and meats.
- 2 Maple or Walnut Boards , 1x4 , 96"
Hardware & Supplies
- 18 1 1/4" Kreg FINE Thread Pocket Hole Screws
- 1 Waterproof Wood Glue
- 1 Food-safe Mineral Oil (or other cutting board oil)
- 10 Maple Hole Plugs (Make or Purchase)
Cut Boards & Drill Pocket Holes
Cut boards to the sizes indicated and drill pocket holes in locations shown.
Attach boards together
Assemble as three separate pieces as shown using waterproof wood glue and 1 1/4" FINE thread pocket hole screws.
Glue each 10"/11 1/4" section to the 30" main board using waterproof glue. Clamp overnight.
This is also an optional step, but it does create a better looking finished piece. I used my Kreg Router Table setup to do this to all three pieces, but you can also use a router on its own. Router the BOTTOM EDGE of the 30" board (the side WITH the pocket holes) with a round-over bit all the way around the perimeter. Router the TOP EDGE of the 10"/11 1/4" boards (the side WITHOUT the pocket holes) with a round over bit, all the way around the perimeter.
Round out edges of handles
(Optional) Using a jigsaw or scroll saw. Carefully round out the edges of the handles. I measured 1/2" from each corner and then created an arch between both points to give myself a template, but you can choose to design your own.
Sand & Finish
Fill the pocket holes on the bottom of the board with plugs using the Kreg Plug Cutter and the remaining Maple pieces, or purchase some precut maple plugs from Kreg. Glue them into the holes with waterproof/resistant wood glue. Sand with a 150 grit sandpaper on an orbital sander until the. Follow-up with a 220 grit sandpaper. Then use a wet towel to wipe down the board. This will raise the wood fibers just a little bit. When the board has dried, sand again with 220 grit. Apply several coats of food-safe mineral oil/cutting board/butcher block oil and allow to penetrate. If you can find a way to submerge and soak this in the oil overnight it would be even better.
(Optional) Add Hardware Handles
If you'd like to add some hardware handles, select some that have a distance of less than 3 1/2" between the holes. Use your Kreg Hardware Jig to easily drill the hole locations.