Project Overview

When you’re entertaining, it’s always nice to have a beautiful cheese board to serve your nibbles on. This stylish cheese board is easy to make and will impress your friends when you tell them you made it yourself.

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Step by Step Instructions

1 Have the timber pre-cut at Bunnings
2 Apply glue to one side of timber
3 Join the timber together
4 Measure and mark a square
5 Cut the timber
6 Measure and mark out the shape of your cheese board
7 Cut the board
8 Sand the board
9 Oil the board
  • Step 1. Have the timber pre-cut at Bunnings

    To make this project even easier, have the Tasmanian oak pre-cut at Bunnings. We had both pieces of timber cut so they’re 185mmx500mm.

  • Step 2. Apply glue to one side of timber

    To join the two pieces of timber together, take one and run a bead of glue down the long side.

  • Step 3. Join the timber together

    Place the two pieces of timber in the clamps and tighten. Wipe away any excess glue and leave to dry
  • Step 4. Measure and mark a square

    Measure and mark out the largest square you can on your timber. Use the builders’ square to make the line straight.

  • Step 5. Cut the timber

    Secure the mitre saw to the bench and cut out the timber square to size.

  • Step 6. Measure and mark out the shape of your cheese board

    We’re cutting our cheeseboard into an octagon shape but you can make it any shape you like. By drawing two diagonal lines we found the centre of the board, and then used that to mark out our shape with the builders’ square and pencil.

  • Step 7. Cut the board

    Use the mitre saw to cut the cheese board shape out.

  • Step 8. Sand the board

    Use the sand to smooth the surface of the cheeseboard and wipe away any dust.

  • Step 9. Oil the board

    Use a cloth to apply food-grade oil to the cheese board. This will bring out the beauty of the timber grain. Let the oil dry. We applied four coats of oil to our cheese board and it looks fantastic.

Tools and Materials


  • Builders’ square
  • Clamps x 2
  • Clean cloth
  • Drop saw/mitre saw
  • Dust mask
  • Ear muffs
  • Pencil
  • Safety glasses
  • Tape measure


  • 240 grit sand paper
  • Disposable gloves
  • Glue
  • Orange oil
  • Piece of Tasmanian oak hardwood 185mm x 500mm x 19mm 2

Health & Safety

Please make sure you use all equipment appropriately and safely when following the advice in these D.I.Y. videos. You need to be familiar with how to use equipment safely and follow the instructions that came with the equipment. If you are unsure, you may feel it is safest to consult an expert, such as the manufacturer or an expert Bunnings Team Member.

Grave health hazards are linked to asbestos, which may be in homes built up to 1990. Health hazards may result from exposure to lead-based paints in older materials and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page. You can also use a simple test kit from Bunnings to indicate the presence of lead-based paint.
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