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How to Make a Wood Burned Cheese Board
Woodburning Your Cheese Board
Draw your design onto the board with a pencil.After, you determine the design you wish to burn into your cheese board, figure out what other items you may need to draw the image. Simple geometric shapes often look best. If you go this route, use a ruler to guide your pencil for extra precision.
- Aside from phrases or recognizable iconography, consider doing a design around the edge of the board, or even something more creative, like a flock of geese flying across the board's surface.
- Another good option: re-create a piece of childhood artwork that you or one of your kids made. Not only would the board have special meaning to your family, it may elicit some friendly chuckles as well.
Use other equipment to transfer your design.For lettering or for classic designs, such as arrows or trees, you may want to get equipment that can provide a guide instead of creating the design free hand. For instance, use a stencil to simply trace a design onto the board. You can also use graphite paper to trace a more complicated design directly onto the wood.
- Stencils and graphite paper can be found as art supplies stores or online.
Warm up the woodburning tool.Select a tip, attach it to the tool, and plug it in to heat it up. If the tool has an on/off switch, make sure it is engaged.
- Many wood burning tools come with several different types of tips. Depending on your design, you make want to use a pointed tip (ideal for making dots) or a tip similar to that on a flathead screwdriver (for making lines one tip-width at a time).
- Woodburning tools, as well as additional tips, can be found online or in a most craft stores.
Trace your pencil lines.Use the woodburning tool to press down firmly on the pencil lines you drew on the board. You may need to go over the lines more than once to make them sufficiently dark.
- Once you’ve completed the woodburning step, allow the board to cool down and erase any stray pencil lines.
Stain the board naturally.Before seasoning the wood to make it safe to use with food, you may want to stain the wood for aesthetic reasons. If you wish to do so, make a natural stain by mixing heavily concentrated coffee 1:1 with balsamic vinegar. Simply paint the solution onto the wood and allow if to dry to darken the wood and make it look older.
- To make heavily concentrated coffee, grind an amount you’d usually use to make a batch in your French press, but only add a cup or two of boiling hot water. Allow the coffee to steep into the water before straining and adding to the balsamic vinegar.
Seasoning and Maintaining Your Board
Choose a seasoning oil.You need to season a new (or newly woodburned) cheese board before using it to cut and serve cheese. This will prevent the board from absorbing odor or bacteria and protect against germ and mold growth. Seasoning requires an initial application of oil, as well as periodic reapplication of oil to keep wood pores filled.
- Default to USP-grade mineral oil, especially for the board’s initial treatment. Not only is mineral oil cheap, it is safe, and it will not degrade. (Do not confuse mineral oil for mineral spirits.)
- Mineral oil is also sometimes called paraffin oil, and can be found in apothecary stores, online, or your local hardware store. A cup of oil should be plenty to season your board.
- Avoid using most vegetable or cooking oils, such as olive or canola oil, as these will spoil and go rancid.
- Walnut, almond, or coconut oil will go rancid more slowly, but they will go rancid at some point. As such, these oils are best for re-seasoning a cheese board.
Apply the oil liberally.Warm the oil you’re using to season your board before applying. Microwave about a cup of oil on high for 30 seconds. Dip a clean cloth in the oil, and apply it to the board in strokes that follow the direction of the wood’s grain. Allow the oil to soak into the wood between coats for about six hours, and wipe away any oil that remains on the surface of the wood.
- Repeat the process four or five times, until the wood seems fully saturated.
- Re-season the board monthly with a fresh coat of oil. Don’t worry about using too much oil, simply wipe away the oil that doesn’t soak into the wood after six hours or so.
Finish the board with a coat of beeswax.Beeswax can either be added to the oil you use to season your board, or applied after seasoning to form a top coat. Either way, beeswax will help the wood resist water, as well as protect it from regular wear and tear.
- If blending beeswax into mineral oil, shave about a ½ teaspoon into a cup of mineral oil and microwave on high for 45 seconds. Always apply while the mixture is still warm.
- To apply a topcoat, wipe a clean cloth onto a block of beeswax until the surface of the cloth contains beeswax with a consistency similar to shoe polish. Rub the cloth onto the cheese board, and buff until flat. Allow the beeswax to dry before buffing the board to an aromatic, durable shine.
Cleaning and Storing Your Cheese Board
Clean your board after every use.Use hot water and soap to clean your board, wiping with a soft-bristled brush or sponge. Rinse after washing and dry with a clean cloth.
- To remove persistent odors, rub coarse sea salt or baking soda onto the board and allow it to sit for a few minutes. Wipe the material away and rinse.
- Rub a lemon slice onto the surface of your board to remove the scent of onion and garlic in particular.
Avoid damaging your cheese board.Incorrect storage is the most likely way to damage your cheese board. To avoid doing so, store the board somewhere dry, and stand it vertically without anything pressed flat against either side.
- When cleaning your board, never leave a wood cheese board submerged in water.
- Further, never use a steel brush or steel wool to clean a wood cheese board.
Sanitize your board regularly.There are a few different ways to sanitize your board. Perhaps most popular, wipe the board with full-strength white vinegar. Keep the vinegar in a spray bottle and use it to sanitize the board after each cleaning.
- If you’re especially concerned about removing potential bacteria from your board, wipe it down with a paper towel soaked with 3% hydrogen peroxide after wiping the board with vinegar.
- For an especially powerful sanitizing solution, mix liquid chlorine bleach with vinegar at a 1:5 ratio. Allow this mixture to soak on top of the board for a few minutes, then rinse and dry the board.
Making or Selecting a Wood Cheese Board
Make a custom-shaped cheese board.You can cut the cheese board you intend to wood burn. In order to do so, you’ll need an untreated hardwood plank, a jigsaw, and a powerful sander, among other items. You’ll start by drawing the shape of your cheese board onto the plank, avoiding any knots in the wood.
- After carefully cutting the board out with a jigsaw, sand all edges until smooth, ideally with an 80 grit material at first, and again with 220 extra fine grit.
Purchase a plain cheese board.You may wish to purchase a plain cheese board and wood burn it with whatever design you wish. One factor to be aware of is the size and weight of your board. Think about things like counter space and most common uses of the board to help make your decision.
- Cheese boards can be found online and in kitchen supplies stores.
Select a board with wood grain you like.Another factor you may wish to consider, especially since you’ll be adding a design of your own with a wood burner, it the pattern made by wood itself. Natural board will also have natural grain that is often visible in the board’s surface.
- Some manufactured cheese boards will show the wood’s end grain. These are also ideal if you intend to do lots of cutting on your board. Whatever the manufacturing method, make sure the design of the wood itself will work without whatever design you attempt to add yourself.
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