Introduction: DIY Cheese Slicer Board

Today I’m building a cheese cutting board out of some old cut offs and scrap pieces from previous projects. It’s a relatively simple project to knock out and can be tackled in about an hour. Watch the video to follow along!

Tools Required: Tablesaw, Chop saw, 1/4″ drill bit, Wood glue, Drill press or cordless drill, Planer (Optional), Orbital sander, Palm Router & Round over bit (Optional)

Step 1: Prep Materials

This project requires buying some hardware from a kit from Wood River which is available at Woodcraft.com I purchased the large cheese slicer kit in black finish for $12. They also have kits available in a smaller size and chrome finish option.

The first thing to do is to get all the wood you’re going to be using ripped and cut to rough dimension. You’ll need enough wood for basically a 10″ x 6″ x 1″ rough rectangle to start with which we’ll later cut down to 9 1/2″ x 5 3/4″ x 3/4″. This is the recommended size that comes in the instructions with the kit. (I decided to make mine a little thicker for the finished board so I ended with a 1″ board and started with my boards at 1 1/4″. For my project I used off cuts and scrap pieces from previous builds and had 4 different types of wood (maple, walnut, cherry, and mahogany). You can use any type of wood that you have available or even use one solid piece of wood if you wanted to instead of the multi-colored board I made. Rip the pieces of wood to your desired thickness and then cross-cut them down to roughly 10″ long.

Step 2: Glue Up

I’m using DAP’s Rapid Fuse for this project because it’s very fast setting and I’m working to get this done quickly (and full disclosure they are a sponsor of mine so I like to use their products as much as possible). It works great for this project because it’s a small glue up so I don’t need a ton of working time to get it done. Keep in mind if you’re using Rapid Fuse you don’t need nearly as much as traditional yellow glue.

The clamps I’m using are Jet Parallel clamps and a Dewalt trigger clamp. The total setup time is about a half hour but the Rapid Fuse sets in about 3 minutes so you have to work a little quickly.

Step 3: Dimensioning & Planing

Next you’ll need to cut your cutting board down to it’s finished dimensions and either plane or sand it down to it’s final thickness. The order in which you do these 2 things doesn’t really matter. In the video, I cut the board down to size and then planed it down but you could do it the other way around if you wanted to.

Again, the final dimensions I went with were 9 1/2″ x 5 3/4″ x 1″. If you don’t have a planer you could just sand the board down which would take a bit more time, but totally doable if you don’t have a planer.

Step 4: Kerf Cutting & Testing Hardware

Next you’ll need to make the kerf cut for the wire to pass through. The instructions call for this to be 3″ from the right end of the board at 3/8″ deep. Because I made my board slightly thicker I adjusted the blade depth to 1/2″ for my cut.

With the kerf cut, it’s time to drill out the 1/4″ diameter hole for the arm to go in.This is the trickiest part of the whole build because it requires drilling a 90 degree hole in the end of the board 3 7/8″ deep. I actually had to chuck my drill bit at it’s very end in order to make it deep enough because the bit I had wasn’t that long. If you don’t have a drill press this can be a little tricky but Izzy Swan has a pretty good video on how to drill a 90 degree hole without a drill press that you can check out on YouTube. I test fitted the hardware and found that the arm and wire didn’t quite line up with the kerf I cut, but I bent the arm slightly and it lined up perfectly. It was pretty easy to adjust.

Step 5: Finishing

I used a palm router and a 1/4″ round over bit to clean up the edges on the board before sanding it down to 220 grit with the orbital sander. You could skip the router if you don’t have one or maybe just want a more rectangular board. You could also just knock the corners down with the sander. Up to you.

Before adding the finish I added my brand to the underside of the board and then I added a couple coats of Howard’s Butcher Block Conditioner to bring out the grain and seal the board. Then I reinstalled the hardware and this project is finished!

Step 6: Finished Product

Thank you for checking out this project! I hope it inspires you to tackle your own cheese board! Please tag me in your projects on instagram @mrfixitdiy so I can follow along!

Comments

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JeffLH (author)2017-02-08

Great idea and I just may build one. But it seems that after each slice a little bit of cheese would be pushed into the slot and build up. Have you found that to be no concern?

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Josehf Murchison (author)2017-02-06

Very nice board What did you use as the cutter and have you entered this Ible in any contests?

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nextuz (author)2017-02-05

This is a option :P
https://sv.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Osthyvel

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JohnC430 (author)nextuz2017-02-05

Not really a good option. you are handling the cheese all over and that's quite unhygienic Plus what he has done looks very nice and adds flair when you have guests.

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Cheese is, by nature, unhygienic. I mean real cheese, not cheddar or other tasteless crap.

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e5frog (author)JohnC4302017-02-05

If you're unhygienic, perhaps you could wash your hands before handing the cheese with a normal cheap "osthyvel" - chesse usually has plastic wrapped on it though so you don't need to touch the cheese with anything but the cheese grader or whatever the official term is.
This instructable contraption doesn't move the cheese forward by itself, so you'd need to handle that all over as well. Probably pull it loose from the board and move it ahead depending on stickyness.
It's a quite decorative version of the danish string type of cheese grader.
There are finished ones to get as well if you're lazy.
http://www.gemzell.se/blogg/wp-content/uploads/2010/04/image_0137.jpg

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e5frog (author)2017-02-05

Buying one costs about $20.
https://www.hwlarsen.se/se/product/ostskrare/ostskrare-50288

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skylane (author)e5frog2017-02-05

e5frog, that's seriously overpriced. You can just buy one for $8-$12 like the one you showed, but that's irrelevant. This is INSTRUCTABLES. Not a shopping channel.

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e5frog (author)skylane2017-02-05

That's cheap, never seen one like it before and I didn't know they were so cheap to buy.
I'm aware it's instructables, I'm a member since 2011.
I very much like instructions how you repair or make something cheaper than buying it, clever solutions or to make stuff you can't buy.
If there was an instructable how to make a pencil in just 23 hours using tools for $500 - I'd rather buy a pack for $10.

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kai.h (author)e5frog2017-02-05

Yes, but where's the fun in that? ^_^

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MelC8 (author)2017-02-02

Thanks, great little project. Checked the link for the kit and Woodcraft lists the large black kit for $18.47. I found this seller 1 kit $5.76 or 10 kits for $50.88. It is called Shop Supply House. I hope the link works.

https://www.google.ca/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=4&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0ahUKEwjisKmPpvPRAhWT3oMKHf-HBvkQFgguMAM&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.shopsupplyhouse.com%2Fwoodprojects.htm&usg=AFQjCNGpzkyHlCMaNDjRJZWF8M5Ovl4nbg

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JohnC430 (author)MelC82017-02-05

is that for a parts kit or is it for the plans? $5.76 is pretty good for avoiding all the hard work.

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TK Trooper (author)JohnC4302017-02-05

Then you've totally missed the point of an instructable and the term D.I.Y

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skylane (author)JohnC4302017-02-05

Thanks for that link! Perfect1

I've been casually looking (wondering) where to find one for a couple of years.

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kooth (author)2017-02-02

Very nice Instructable! I really need one of these! We have a hand cheese cutter and it's pretty useless for most applications! I am definitely building this!

Thanks so much!

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nextuz (author)kooth2017-02-05

See my other comment for an option :)

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GTO3x2 (author)2017-02-05

Now that's a good idea. It covers all the problems.

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Yonatan24 (author)2017-02-01

...Now add a power supply, and you have a cutter for all sorts of plastics... :)

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AsdOmega (author)Yonatan242017-02-02

That was my first impression from the picture... "ahh a nice looking styrophom-cuter" but why did he use cheese :-)

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Yonatan24 (author)AsdOmega2017-02-03

"Quite a nice mini portable Bandsaw he built"

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mrasmussen8 (author)Yonatan242017-02-01

Or instant cheesemelter!

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CraftAndu (author)2017-02-01

Great project!

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