How to make a cheese platter board

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How to make a grazing platter

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Now here’s a DIY project we can get behind – wow your guests by designing and making your very own cheese platter! Supersize and customise your board for maximum effect.

Tools and materials

Drill

Dust mask

Ear protection

Eye protection

Hardwax oil

Pencil    

Prestige 192mm brushed copper square D handles

SpecRite 1800mm x 405mm x 18mm acacia panel

Tape measure

Materials and tools to make a cheese platter board

Step-by-step guide

1. Pick your timber

Take a trip to your local Bunnings to choose the timber for your cheese board. There are stacks of great timber offerings. The type of timber you choose is dependent on the style of platter you want to create. Going rustic? Choose dark hues. Or if you’re looking for an elegant Scandi-look, we’ve got that covered too with a range of lighter woods.

2. Decide how big you want your platter to be

We wanted to supersize our cheese platter, so opted for a 1.2m board. But the sky’s the limit! Got stacks of people popping by? Use a long piece of timber that runs the distance down your table – just grab your table’s specs before you head to the store, that way you know what you’re working with.

3. Have a timber panel cut to size

The Team Members at Bunnings Warehouse are always happy to help and they’ll cut the timber to your specifications. We wanted to save time on prep, so we opted for a SpecRite panel – they’re already cut to size (we went for 1200mm x 405mm x 18mm), and pre-finished with high-quality Hardwax oil, approved and tested for contact with foodstuff. Too easy! But remember, if you’re choosing a bespoke piece of timber, you’ll need to treat it first so it’s food safe – make sure you read up about food safety online.

4. Find your handles and measure up

You’re going to want an easy way to carry your platter, so head to the handles aisle and choose some for each end. Measure the width of your board, then mark the centre point and draw a line. We’ve chosen snap-off fixing screws, measured to the right thickness and snapped off to size. After you’ve prepped your screws, centre your handles along the line you drew and mark the position of screw holes – then you’re ready for the fun part!

Measuring and marking up handle placement for the cheese platter board

5. Get drilling

It’s time to use that power tool! Wear your safety glasses for this bit and drill pilot holes through the board and secure your handles with the provided screws. Twist them into place, tighten them and pop some protectors on the underside – that way you’ll avoid scratching your table. Do the same on the other end of the board and you’re good to graze!

Screwing handles in to cheese platter with a drill

6. Commence grazing!

Once your cheese platter is finished (yes, it took no time at all!), you’re ready to start arranging your food. A selection of meat and cheese works well – choose pieces of fruit, or nuts, for pops of colour or to break up the plate.

Finished view of finished cheese platter with chesses, fruits, crackers and vegetables

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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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