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How to Make a Marble Cheese Board
- I used a table saw to rip down strips of wood needed to make the marble tile the same height as the wood boards. And I used a miter saw to cut the boards to the same length as the tile. This could also be done with a circular saw.
- Marble tile
- Harwood boards
- Hard maple, hickory, cherry, and walnut are good hardwoods for cutting boards.
- Gorilla glue (make sure it is water resistant and works for stone and wood)
- Exterior wood glue (for water resistance)
- Medium and fine sandpaper
- Cutting board oil
Start by measuring your tile. You will want to cut your boards the same as the width of the tile.
You will also need to measure the depth of your tile and rip pieces of the hardwood to add to it to make it the depth of your boards. My tile was 3/8″ thick so I cut 3/8″ strips of wood to make the tile 3/4″. I just ripped a strip off 3 of my boards so I wouldn’t have to buy additional wood for these extra pieces. Then cut them to go around the edges of the tile.
Once all the boards are cut, it’s time to start glueing things together. I used Gorilla glue to glue the wood to the tile. Start by glueing the thin strips to the back of the tile. Make sure they are flush with the outside of the tile. If there are any edges that overhang, they will need to be sanded flat to the tile before proceeding. Clamp and let cure for a couple hours (I clamped by putting heavy boxes on top of the wood strips).
While that is curing, decide on the pattern for your hardwood. The hardwood section of the wood and marble cutting board is perfect for cutting breads and baguettes next to the cheeses. I angled the two boards on the far ends of my marble cheese board for some interesting design.
Apply wood glue to the edges of the boards and smooth out. I used a foam brush to make sure the glue was over the entire surface. Clamp together and let sit for a couple hours.
Add Gorilla glue to the sides of the tile with the wood spacers on the bottom. Attach the wood to the sides of the tile and clamp. Let sit for 24 hours until fully cured.
Once everything is dry, sand the surface of the the wood. Start with a medium grit paper and then finish with an ultra fine grit. If you sand a bit of the marble, it’s okay because it won’t hurt it. And make sure to sand off any glue residue on the wood.
Now it’s time for the fun part. Add the cutting board oil to see the beautiful of the wood come out. It is amazing how much the oil makes the beautiful colors of the wood pop. It also adds moisture to the wood and protects it from all the stuff you will be putting on it.
Wood cutting boards do need to be re-oiled every so often. I have seen lots of different information about how often they need to be oiled. I say, add oil after cleaning whenever it looks dry. And if the oil doesn’t soak into the wood, I guess that means it wasn’t necessary so rub it off with a paper towel. Super specific I know, but how often really is determined by how ofter you use it, how you clean it, and how dry the place you live is.
Once the oil is all absorbed into the wood, you can load your wood and marble cheese board up with your favorite cheeses. Since I love it all, I used what we had in the fridge to make a quick holiday snack for the family. That’s the beauty of cheese plates, you can use what you have and it will still look so fancy.
Now grab that cup of wine and enjoy those cheeses! Then don’t forget to check out the rest of the party posts to get you ready for lots of fun this holiday season.