DIY Cheese Board with Epoxy Resin

DIY Cheese Board with Epoxy Resin

March 27, 2020 6 By Sebastian Fry


In this video, I’m going to show you how you
can take this piece of scrap wood and turn it into this beautiful cheese board. Hey everyone, welcome back to another episode
of Casual Builds. The channel focused on bringing you beginner
DIY and Woodworking content. So this project is super simple and it really
is just made from this one piece of walnut and a little bit of epoxy to give it that
extra pop. You can make this entire thing with a jigsaw
and just some hand sanding, but I used a few extra tools because I wanted to get it a little
more flatter than it was. So that being said let’s just jump into it
and let me show you how to make one. First of all, I hope everyone is staying safe
and healthy out there. Although we all may be going a little stir
crazy, I’m sure all of my fellow woodworkers have been able to spend some more time in
the shop these past weeks. The silver lining I guess? My wife and I welcomed our second daughter
into this world about two weeks ago and between her and our 2 year old, our household has
been… lively? Anyways, big shoutout to my wife for holding
down the fort while I sneak out to the workshop for a few hours each night. So far, you’ve seen me milling down the
piece of walnut that I’ll be using for the cheese board. Since the board was a bit too wide for my
jointer, I had to get creative. I ran the face of the board through the jointer,
which then I laid down on top of a flat piece of MDF. The piece of the board that didn’t get surfaced
hangs off the end. I’ll send that through the planer to get
the other side flat, take the board off the jig, flip it over, then run it through again. I squared up the edges of the board after
that. Here’s the fun part – designing the shape
of the cheese board. I drew a circle at the top, a horizontal line
a few inches down, then connected the two with some curves. This is your chance to be creative. I used a few tools here to help with the shaping. A bandsaw to cut out the design. Luckily I was able to cut most of it out before
the blade snapped. But, if you don’t have a bandsaw, a jigsaw
would work perfectly here as well. Next, it was time for some sanding. I used a rasp, a disc sander, a little sanding
bit thing attached to my drill press, a dremel, and then some good ole fashion hand sanding. Once that was done, I took out my router with
a quarter inch roundover bit and softened up the edges. And finally, I sprayed everything with water
to raise the grain and once it dried, I came back and sanded things up to 220 grit. It’s epoxy time. I mixed three separate cups of epoxy, one
with white pigment, one with dark blue, and one with a combination of both. I was trying to make something that resembled
an ocean wave crashing, but I think I was tinkering with it too much and it didn’t
exactly come out the way I had planned. I’ll discuss what I think went wrong here
in a minute. After the epoxy had cured, I came back and
gave everything a final sanding, followed by 3 coats of mineral oil. So I think there are two things that I did
wrong with the epoxy pour. One is that I wanted it to kinda look like
a wave crashing, but obviously it’s not the case. It has more of the white color in it and I
wanted more of the darker ocean blue color in there. There’s a lot of bubbles in there too. So what I think I should have done is had
the darker blue go pretty much all the way up to here and take up a majority of the epoxy
and just use that turquoise and the white really at the end. I also went a little overkill on the heat
gun because at one point I actually blew the epoxy off the board. So that kinda leads me to my next tip – I
would highly recommend waiting to sand everything down until after the epoxy has cured because
I think the surface was so smooth that it wasn’t able to latch onto it, but I could
be wrong, it could be the type of epoxy too. And also, last thing, I would have put tape
on the underside here just to help with all that excess and the drips that were on the
back. So anyways, pretty simple project and I think
it turned out okay, not exactly what I had in mind, however, pretty cool nonetheless. So if you thought this video was cool, I’d
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I will see you guys in the next one!