Charcuterie boards and grazing boards are a fun and easy way to serve food to guests.  We love them for everything from a casual lunch to a fancy dinner party.  

I’ve been wanting to build a grazing board or charcuterie board for a while, but just buying a wide width board (like a 1×12) and cutting a handle and finishing it seemed too simple and can be expensive.  Why not use up my scrap wood pile and make a charcuterie board for free?

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And why not use different thickness of wood to create recesses in the grazing board?

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Easy to Build and Customize

I was able to build this grazing board or charcuterie board in about an hour.  It is so easy to build!  We love that you can customize it for your own requirements.  You can make it long and thin (like I did) for a table runner, or wider and shorter for a coffee table or to haul outdoors for smores.  It is VERY easy to customize and you can be creative with your wood piecing to get exactly what you want.

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How do I finish it so the Grazing Board is food safe?

I finished mine like a tabletop, so it’s wipe clean and food safe (but you wouldn’t want to eat it).  Here is an excellent article on food safe finishes that I totally agree with the author – read it, it is worth your time. 

Can I make it a different size?

YES, a thousand times YES!  You should use your creativity and your scrap wood resources to build a unique to you grazing board!  It is VERY easy to customize the size – how is all detailed in the tutorial below.