Inlay Cheese Board

By RYOBI Nation

SKILL
easy

Serve up all your holiday treats on this custom DIY Inlay Cheese Board!

Tools

  • Thickness Planer
  • Tape Measure
  • Heat Gun
  • Glue Gun
  • Palm Router
  • Sheet Sander
  • Orbit Sander
  • Jig Saw
  • Drill
  • Circular Saw

Accessories

  • 10 PC. ALL-PURPOSE JIGSAW BLADE SET
  • 15 PC. Router Bit Set
  • QUICK CHANGE KNIFE

Materials

  • 1 Gallon Mixing Bucket
  • 2" Clear Packing Tape (Heavy Duty)
  • 2"x10-1/2"x 21" Wood Board
  • 3/16"x20"x30" Foam Core Board
  • Butch Block Mineral Oil
  • Painting Stir Sticks
  • Pearl Metallic Resin Powder (Colors Optional)
  • Sandpaper**: 150g, 220g & 320g & Sheets: 400g, 600g, 800g& 1000g

Steps

STEP 1

Plane the 2" board down on both sides until it is approximately 1-5 / 8" thick.

Tools

Bench planer, tape measure

Materials

2" board
black and white sketch of board measurements

STEP 2

Draw an (S) curve line of your liking onto the board. Use a Jig Saw to cut along the line.

Tools

Jigsaw
S curve made with jigsaw on wooden board black and white sketch

STEP 3

Cut (1) piece of the foam core board into a 16” x 24” piece. Then cut (2) 1-1/2” x 6” strips from the foam core board. Cover (1) side of each piece completely with packing tape. Make sure to leave a 1/4” overlap.

Tools

Utility knife
Foam board cut into strips and covered with tape

STEP 4

Place the wood boards onto the taped side of the foam core and align them so that there is a 2” gap between the (2) boards. Make sure the sides are running parallel and are even. Mark the corners so the (2) boards can be put back to this location.

Tools

Tape measure

Materials

Pencil
Aligning foam board and cut wooden boars

STEP 5

On the underside of the wooden boards, place glue along the curved edges and the top and bottom ends.

Tools

Hot glue gun

Materials

Hot glue sticks
Glue placed along edge board

STEP 6

Place (1) piece down onto the taped side of the foam core. Be sure to realign it to the marked corners. Align the 2nd piece with the 2” gap.

board aligned and adhered to foam

STEP 7

Hot glue the foam board end pieces to wood boards. Make sure to put glue from top to bottom of overlap. Then run hot glue along base/sides of the foam core. Run glue along base of wood boards.

Tools

Hot glue gun

Materials

Hot glue sticks
ends closed off on black and white sketch

STEP 8

Mix epoxy by following instructions on container. Add color/pearl. Pour resin into gap so that it is level with top of board. Use heat gun to pop bubbles on top of resin. Once resin has cured, remove foam core, glue foam board.

Tools

Heat gun, utility knife
epoxy mixed and ready to pour

STEP 9

Plane both sides of the board to a finished thickness of 1-1/2”.

Tools

Belt planer, tape measurer
black and white sketch of boards filled with epoxy resin

STEP 10

Square up all (4) sides and trim. The finished dimensions should be around 12” x 20”.

Tools

Circular saw or table saw
black and white sketch of board with planed and trimmed sides

STEP 11

Using a 1/4" roundover bit, route the top and bottom edges of the board.

Tools

Router, 1/4" rounder router bit
black and white sketch of board with routed edges

STEP 12

Sand board with orbital sander. Sand all surfaces to a 320 grit finish. Then use Sheet Sander. Start with 400 grit. Work your way up to 1,000 grit (primarily on the resin surface). You may choose to go higher on the sanding grits if you prefer.

Tools

Sheet sander, orbital sander

Materials

Sandpaper
black and white sketch of sanded board with expect resin

STEP 13

Treat wood and resin with butch block mineral oil. Project complete!

Materials

butch block oil
finished product