DIY Large Charcuterie Board (2023)

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I love charcuterie boards. I think they are beautiful, a great way to pack a “wow” for a special event or just for a family night. It’s been a fun way to turn finger foods into dinner and my kids love the hands on aspect – it’s helped them reach for new foods they haven’t tried before. And you’d better believe this board will showing up at so many events.

I spent a good month researching boards. With a large family I wanted to buy one that was over-sized to be able to do meals with it. However, the only one I found that that had a lip around the edge (to keep the food on!) and over 20 inches was this one from Pier 1. It’s beautiful, but I can’t spend $129 on one.

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The wheels started turning and I thought, “Maybe I can make one?!”

Now, if you knew me, you’d laugh at that – there are ZERO woodworkng skills in me and I don’t always have a ton of patience with home projects. But that what makes this helpful for you – you don’t have to be a DIY pro, you can do this. You will need to have connection to some tools – my husband has a saw that could cut the wood into pieces and then we borrowed a friend’s jigsaw to cut the circles.

Disclaimer: this is a blog post on how a regular person made a large imperfectly perfect charcuterie board. These are not expert level steps, but how it worked for us.

Step 1: Figure out what size you want the board and buy enough wood to build it

I wanted to keep this affordable, so I didn’t do any oak or nicer woods. Just plain old pine worked enough for me. The bottom of the board I wanted 1 inch thick and to make a 28″ board. So I bought 2 1x4x10 whitewood boards (found in the project board section) that I cut into fourths for a total of 8 30″ long boards. I wanted the edge or lip of the board to be tall, so I bought 3 2x4x8 that were two inches thick and cut into thirds to get 9 32″ long boards (I only needed 8, there was 1 extra). *I wouldn’t have gotten 2″ wood if I were to do this over, it was a little hard to handle. I would recommend 1-1.5″ instead.

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Try to make sure the boards you buy are as straight/flat as possible, you’d be surprised how crooked some of these boards can be that you get from the store. The total cost for my wood was $22.79. I already had lots of wood glue, but if you don’t, buy a 8oz bottle of that, in my area that’s around $4.

Step 2: Cut and glue your wood

I shared above the sizes I cut the boards into. I then glued 8 boards together, long edges together. Just a strip of wood glue between each board. Ideally you clamp these together laying flat with long wood clamps. We had no such things, so we got creative to put that pressure on it, that’s all I have to say about that – ha! The wood glue needs to dry for 24 hours. You should have two sets of boards glued into squares like this:

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Step 3: Draw and cut 2 circles

You will need to find the center point of both boards and then draw a circle on each square board the size you want your charcuterie board. There are probably better ways to do this, but I got a pencil, string and a push pin. I put the push pin in the center and then measured out and attached the string to the pencil at 14″, half of my 28″ desired result. I used that like a geometric compass to draw a circle on each board. Double check it turned out even and adjust as needed. You can see my circle drawn on the board above. Repeat on the second board. The two cut circles should be identical 28″ circles.

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Then you need to draw a 26″ centered on the thicker of the two boards (for me the 2″ thick board, but again, I wouldn’t recommend that thick). You will cut out the 26″ circle to create a ring that will sit on top and be the edge or lip of the board. You can see what that looks like on the ground in the bottom right of the below photo. This part was challenging for us, as the 2″ wood was tough to tackle with the little handheld jigsaw. Our top circle ring is definitely not perfectly straight but I was ok with it. You will not need the 26″ circle you cut out for this project…we are turning ours into the top of an outdoor table.

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Step 4: So much sanding and more gluing

We had a little hand sander already to make the sanding easier. I just used 80 grit sandpaper to sand both pieces and just did it until it was smooth to touch. Again, nothing official here, ha! I had some uneven boards on my bottom solid tray circle I’m sanding in the photo above because I didn’t get totally straight wood. Don’t be like me. Once done sanding, I wiped off the boards with a dry rag to get off extra sawdust.

Then, I glued the top circle ring onto the bottom sold circle board, matching the top and bottom wood vertical lines. Again, put pressure on it while it dries either with wood clamps or I just put a folded folding table and then heavy weight plates (like the ones I put on my barbell) on top to weigh it down. Have you gotten how I roll yet? Wait 24 hours for glue to dry again.

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Step 5: Once dry, stain and seal the board.

I knew nothing about wood stain, but I knew I wanted to finish it with a stain instead of paint so the wood grain would show through. I literally went to Lowes and picked out one that looked good on the sample. I liked this Valspar Pinebark one because it was a darker wood, but there’s so many options. You won’t need a lot, just the $3.50 smallest sample (half pint) can was good enough for me.

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Paint 1-2 thin coats of stain. I say thin because we did NOT follow that sage advice and accidentally put it on too thick. This ended up leading to more sanding to lighten it up. To seal, use a food-safe finish like this one, following the instructions on the can.

Step 6: Add handles

The Pier 1 board above had handles cut into the edge/lip of the board. I didn’t think I was capable of that, so I just screwed on two bronzed cabinet pulls from Lowes on each side. Those were $3 each. We did have to use other longer screws to put the handles on and drill holes for the screws first.

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And voila! This imperfectly perfect board ended up beautiful and cost me around $40 – a THIRD of the cost and I find it so empowering to create.

Let me know if you have questions and I’d love to see your board if you make one!

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FAQs

How much food do you need for a charcuterie board for 50 people? ›

About 2-3 ounces per person will be enough if the charcuterie isn't an entire meal. So you will need about 100-150 ounces in total. On the other hand, if the charcuterie will be an entire meal, then you will need about 5 ounces per person, which brings it to 250 ounces in total.

What wood should not be used for charcuterie boards? ›

Ash and Oak are examples of soft pore wide grain that would not really suit a charcuterie board either. They can take on bacteria and even though they still are available online as charcuterie boards. They really don't suit the purpose of putting fermented cheeses or meats.

What size is a large charcuterie board? ›

A standard size is about 9×13 inches, but cutting boards can be as large as 12×18 inches. Start placing your meats first, followed by the cheeses, as these two are the bulk of the board. The meats can be sliced, rolled or stacked.

How much charcuterie do I need for 25 guests? ›

6 oz per person when the charcuterie is the main course.

Can you make a charcuterie board 24 hours in advance? ›

A charcuterie board is a great make ahead appetizer. With the exception of the sliced fresh fruit, everything can be prepared and set up on the board ahead of time. Wrap the board in plastic wrap and store it in the refrigerator up to 24 hours ahead of time.

Can a charcuterie board be made the night before? ›

Can the platter be made ahead of time? Yes, it can! You can make a charcuterie and cheese platter a few hours ahead of time just wrap it in plastic wrap and store in the fridge and take it out 30-40 minutes before you're ready to serve it. Leave the crackers until the last minute.

How much cheese do I need for 30 people? ›

A good rule of thumb is 1 ounce of each cheese for every guest and about five types of cheese. For a party in which cheese is the main event, plan on buying 3 pounds for eight people, 6 pounds for 16 people, or 9 pounds for 24 people. If cheese is one of many items being served, plan on buying 3 to 4 ounces per person.

How many people will a large charcuterie board feed? ›

Charcuterie for a Few

For a get-together of 4 to 8 guests, strive for enough to keep your guests grazing and to offer enough variety for all the different palates and preferences in the room.

How many meats and cheeses do I need for a charcuterie board? ›

My rule of thumb when it comes to cheese and charcuterie tray is 2 ounces of meat and 2 ounces of cheese per person. Since it is usually served as an appetizer and other accompaniments like fruit, nuts, bread, crackers, etc.

How many pounds of cheese do I need for 100 people? ›

Chart of Food Estimates
FOODSERVE 25SERVE 100
Cheese3/4 pound3 pounds
Coffee3/4 pound3 pounds
Milk1–1/2 gallons6 gallons
Nuts3/4 pound3 pounds
31 more rows

How do you serve a charcuterie to a crowd? ›

Add charcuterie to cheese plates, antipasto platters, or even as a savory addition to a relish tray.
...
Savory Party Platter
  1. Crackers or flatbread.
  2. Sour gherkins.
  3. Cured meats.
  4. Dijon-style mustard.
  5. Olives.
  6. Baguette slices.
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Should I put parchment paper on my charcuterie board? ›

Add a piece of parchment paper or butcher paper slightly smaller than the size of your board to help keep your board clean and make cleanup a breeze. The parchment paper will prevent your favorite meats and cheeses from leaving grease stains.

Should you wax a charcuterie board? ›

Wax is not necessary when using drying oils, such as linseed or tung, but it will give a beautiful glossy finish to your board. Although oil/wax mixtures are much less resistant than drying oils, many will favor this alternative, even though it will have to be applied much more frequently.

Should a charcuterie board be oiled? ›

Oil regularly, especially if your board is getting frequent use. This will keep it looking beautiful and protect the wood from moisture that will cause warping. Dry off thoroughly after rinsing. Don't just set it out on a dish rack- use a towel to dry off any excess water.

How many hours before can you make a charcuterie board? ›

Can I Prepare a Charcuterie Board Ahead of Time? Yes, you can either prepare the entire board or prepare the cured meat and cheese ahead of time. Up to 24 hours before, as long as the board is wrapped and refrigerated beforehand.

Is there a difference between a cutting board and a charcuterie board? ›

The biggest difference between a cutting board and a charcuterie boards is how they are used. Cutting boards are meant to cut and prepare food, while charcuterie boards are meant to display food. This is an important difference to understand as it may help you decide which is the better gift.

What do you put under the food on a grazing table? ›

Scatter crackers, fruit, nuts and herbs around the table. Cut a bit from the whole cheese wheel, cut a slice from a loaf of fresh bread, or crumble off some cheese to make them ready to tuck into. Don't be afraid to scatter food on the table – not everything needs to be on a platter or board.

How many people does a 12 inch meat and cheese tray feed? ›

Meats and Cheeses are beautifully arranged and accented with Pickles & Olives. Small Trays: 8-10 people (12″ tray – 2.5 lbs total, 1/2 lb. of each )

What size charcuterie board do I need for 20 guests? ›

If you're looking to feed a crowd, the standard 9 x 13 inches should be big enough for you (but not too big that you can't use it for just yourself). Or, maybe you keep things intimate and consider a mini. And of course, there are bigger ones out there, around 12 x 18 inches, that are great for parties.

How early can you cut cheese for charcuterie? ›

Cured meats and cheeses have a long shelf life, so when I'm hosting a gathering I often slice the meats and cheeses 1-2 days beforehand. You can also assemble the entire board as soon as the night before, cover it, and leave it in your refrigerator until ready to serve.

Can you cut up cheese the night before? ›

When you do pre-cut cheeses, be sure to plan your prep for no more than one day in advance of serving. Store your pre-cut cheeses on the shelves of your Cheese Grotto and keep them in the fridge for up to 12 hours, then take it out and bring everything to room temperature a couple of hours before you plan to serve.

How much charcuterie do I need for 45 people? ›

2 ounces of charcuterie per person. It's pretty rich. If you're doing it for a cocktail party, where the charcuterie is the majority of the food people are eating, you're going to double the amount of meat and serve it with plenty of bread. So about 5 ounces per person.

How do you make a cheese platter on a budget? ›

If you're on a budget, choose just one or two cheeses. Cut them into pieces and put each cheese in multiple places on the board so that it still looks full and delicious! Skip the fancy stuff. You don't need a bunch of super-fancy (read: EXPENSIVE) cheeses on your plate for it to be a hit.

How many pounds of cheese do I need to feed 50 people? ›

How to use this food quantity chart:
Food TypeApproximate Amount for 50 ServingsServing Size Per Person
Cheese, cut as appetizer4 lbs.2 oz.
Milk3 gals1 cup
Heavy whipping cream11/2 pints2 tablespoons whipped
Meat, Poultry-Quantity Uncooked
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What are good cheeses for a cheese platter? ›

Gouda, muenster, gruyere, butterkäse, and cheddar jack cheese are all winners. Soft cheeses. Brie, burrata, stracchino, and mascarpone are all great spreadable cheeses.

How many appetizers do I need for 75 guests? ›

Caterers often plan a minimum of 4 different choices for groups of 25-100 or more, adding an additional choice for each 25 people. A good rule of thumb for a dinner party, allow for 6 appetizers per person. For a cocktail party consider making 12 appetizers per person.

How thick should charcuterie boards be? ›

Weight & Thickness

Serving boards are typically ¾”-1” thick, while cutting boards are 1.25” or even thicker.

How long can meat sit out on a charcuterie board? ›

According to the FDA, you can only put a charcuterie board out for two hours at max, even if there are cured meats like chorizo, prosciutto, soppressata, and salami. Delicate, high-moisture cheeses like mascarpone will likely look the worst after sitting out this long, so you'll know it's time to throw them out.

What goes on a charcuterie board first? ›

Building a Charcuterie Board: Where Do I Start?
  • Step One: Add Structure. Fill small vessels with dips, spreads, and items that can be piled onto the board. ...
  • Step Two: Add the Cheeses and Meats. First, place the cheeses. ...
  • Step Three: Add Crackers. ...
  • Step Four: Add Fruits, Veggies, and Herbs.
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How do you make an aesthetically pleasing charcuterie board? ›

Lay the crackers and bread slightly on its' side so you can fit more on the board. Use small side dishes to elevate some foods and keep the board neater. Then, use fruit, nuts, and chocolate to fill in the extra spaces. For garnish, use fresh herbs like thyme to add extra decorations.

How many appetizers do I need for 150 guests? ›

Leslie Levin Nilsson, creative director of catering company Bartleby & Sage, says, "We suggest six passed hors d'oeuvres for a wedding of 50-100 guests, seven to eight passed hors d'oeuvres for a wedding of 100-150 guests, and up to ten for very large weddings."

How many appetizers do I need for a party of 100? ›

If you're offering catered appetizers, plan for about six portions per guest. For a party of 100 guests, this adds up to roughly 600 appetizer portions. You can also offer light snacks like nuts, fruits and pretzels to give guests something to munch on when they first arrive — stock up on these items in bulk.

How much food do you need for 120 guests? ›

The easiest rule is the “One Pound Rule.” Provide one pound of food for each adult guest (not including drinks or dessert).

What do you put in a big charcuterie? ›

I own a few fancier, extra-large charcuterie boards from Etu Home. Another of my favorite ways to serve a large crowd is to ditch the board or plate and lay a large piece of butcher paper all the way down my counter/island. Then put piles of food and arranged meats and cheeses right on the butcher paper!

Can you use any board for charcuterie? ›

Any board will work; cutting board, serving tray, or even your countertop! Target has a lot of great inexpensive cheese boards. I own a few fancier, extra-large charcuterie boards from Etu Home.

Can you use any tray for a charcuterie board? ›

Almost any board or platter can be used, as long as it's food-safe: wooden cutting boards, platters, a Santa serving tray or even butcher paper on your kitchen counter will work.

What is the best board for a charcuterie board? ›

Material. Charcuterie boards come in various materials, including wood, slate, and marble. You may see other materials like glass or ceramic and a variety of compostable options, too. Wood and bamboo are the most common, but marble and slate are also increasingly popular these days.

How far in advance can you put together a charcuterie board? ›

A charcuterie board is a great make ahead appetizer. With the exception of the sliced fresh fruit, everything can be prepared and set up on the board ahead of time. Wrap the board in plastic wrap and store it in the refrigerator up to 24 hours ahead of time.

What is a good thickness for a charcuterie board? ›

Weight & Thickness

Serving boards are typically ¾”-1” thick, while cutting boards are 1.25” or even thicker.

Can you make charcuterie board the night before? ›

Can the platter be made ahead of time? Yes, it can! You can make a charcuterie and cheese platter a few hours ahead of time just wrap it in plastic wrap and store in the fridge and take it out 30-40 minutes before you're ready to serve it. Leave the crackers until the last minute.

Should you put feet on charcuterie board? ›

Having Feet on a Charcuterie Board

It's quite nice to present something with a little get in between the surface and the board. But more it's about the practicality of drying it. What is this? Because airflow can go all around the board is it slightly elevated with some little feet.

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