How to Make a Cheese Board with Turquoise Inlay

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How to Make a Cheese Board with Turquoise Inlay

How to Make a Cheese Board with Turquoise Inlay

In this tutorial, I will show you how to make a cheese board with turquoise inlay. I’ll also teach you how to make your own crushed turquoise from raw ore.

Soon after we launched this blog, I wrote a tutorial for I didn’t want to write the post. I honestly didn’t think anyone would care. There were already hundreds of videos and so why would anyone want to read mine? I was a relative newcomer to woodworking, and a total to blogging. But my wife wanted me to write it, so what choice did I have?

That little tutorial, which I was totally against writing, The lesson is obvious and applies to all men: always listen to your wife. They know things.

Although, looking at the picture above, maybe she had a point. But the downside to that post was that I was deluged with orders for cutting boards that Christmas season. I could accommodate a few people, but my basement lair workshop is not set up for mass assembly, so I had to turn most people down. Besides, with the labor involved, even with a substantial price tag, making boards was not an economically sound business model. I was boarded out. I didn’t want to look at another cutting board, unless I was chopping onions on it.

How to Make a Cheese Board with Turquoise Inlay

But as the months wore on, I found myself thinking about cheese boards from time to time. Cheese boards can be identical to cutting boards – that is, they can be end-grain or face-grain and used for cheese or chopping. But cheese boards allow a freedom of construction that traditional cutting boards do not. A cutting board needs to stand up to, but be gentle on, a sharp knife . A cheese board does not. So, whereas you wouldn’t dream of chopping veggies or cleaving a ham hock on a piece of stone, you wouldn’t think twice about running that little round cheese knife through a wheel of brie plopped on a shiny slab of marble.

That thought of a stone cheese “board” got me thinking. What if I made a new kind of cheese board? Something with class and elegance. The board I had in mind would be with inlay coursing through its grain. I had just the piece of wood in the basement…

Before we begin, be sure to follow us on , and , and also sign up for our email list , so you’ll never miss a post!

How to Make a Cheese Board with Crushed Turquoise Inlay

Two years ago I bought an 8 foot length of that was 8 1/2 inches wide and about 1 1/2 inches thick. rather straight and uninteresting grain, but this piece had highly detailed grain running down its length. I wanted to use it for something special.

How to Make a Cheese Board with Turquoise Inlay

Well, as the months rolled on, I used a piece here and a piece there for some end-grain cutting boards I was making, but I never got a chance to showcase that beautiful figure. I held onto a piece in the hopes that one day I’d use it in a project where would shine. That day had arrived.

Instead of cutting the board into strips, I would keep it whole. I wasn’t worried about it warping at this point – had been sitting in the basement for two years enduring hot, humid summers and chilly, bone-dry winters. If it were going to warp, it would have done so already. Besides, would help keep it straight.

There were some interesting grain patterns there. I outlined three of them with pencil.

These would be my I used a with a to trace out the edges of my rivers. I set the depth to about 1/8 inch.

This is how it looked when was complete.

How to Make a Cheese Board with Turquoise Inlay

Next, I swapped out the for a With this bit, at the remaining wood in the riverbeds.

Until the board looked like this.

How to Make Your Own Crushed Turquoise from Raw Ore

The board was inlay, but first I had to get I had gone through the hair-whitening task of pricing a couple of years ago when making my . Jeezum Crow! I would expect a baggy full of gold nuggets and maybe a piece of the Holy Grail for the price these people were charging As is always the case when confronted with heart-seizing sticker shock, I found a way to DIY my crushed turquoise. I found several people I bought some from one seller that had I bought some from another seller that was and .

There are One is 1 1/2 inches wide by 6 inches long, and the other is 3/4 inch wide by 10 inches long. has end caps on both ends, while only has one end cap. I used them to crush Before starting, I put on the appropriate protective gear. Turquoise dust is bad for the lungs, so I wore a . Since hammering the rock was really loud, And just in case a stray piece of rock decided to fly towards my eyeballs,

How to Make a Cheese Board with Turquoise Inlay

Then, I checked to see if it would fit into the wide pipe.

This piece of turquoise was a little too big, so

I then inserted the narrow pipe and beat it for a little while, occasionally dumping the pieces into a box to check how things were going.

I picked the bigger pieces out of the box and put them back into the pipe for some more beating. When I had the biggest pieces down to the sizes I wanted, I started grading by first

I then separated what was left in by hand into two different grades.

How to Make a Cheese Board with Turquoise Inlay

I then further separated by straining again bag or paint strainer.

I crushed and mixed the equivalent grades of each together, so I could have the two shades of blue plus the white rock. I liked that look better.

Laying the Crushed Turquoise Inlay

Once , I readied the board for the turquoise inlay process. to have rounded edges, but I wouldn’t be able to with a roundover bit once the stone was inlaid, or the stone would destroy the bit. I decided to , and then round the stone later by sanding.

To prevent from running off the edges, I taped thin strips of hardwood all around the board to act as a dam for

How to Make a Cheese Board with Turquoise Inlay

at the edges, about 3/16 inch, to give a better look when viewing edge-on.

I was ready to begin the turquoise inlay process.

I started with the largest grade, and

…Until I had all the space filled and sitting just proud of the board’s surface. the little stuff off of the board and into the groove.

And to further define the edges of the groove.

How to Make a Cheese Board with Turquoise Inlay

placed to my satisfaction, it was time to gear up with Gluing isn’t loud work, so I didn’t need hearing protection. The stone dust wasn’t flying, so I didn’t need a mask. But I was working with You may not have noticed when using small amounts, but the fumes from CA glue burn the eyes like acrid smoke or acid.

With my peepers protected, it was time to break out I recommend for inlay work. He may have a generic name, but his glue is the best. You’ll also want to order a . Besides being the best CA glue out there, the price is orders of magnitude lower than if you were to buy the equivalent amount of those dinky little bottles they sell at hardware and grocery stores. And since even super glue takes an eternity to dry when you’re really anxious to keep working, an absolute must-buy is . If you thought super glue dried fast before, your jaw will fall through the floor and into the basement when you see this stuff in action. Without going into the exact chemistry of the reactions involved, the spray creates an with CA glue and The bottle says “a few seconds,” but it’s way faster than that for small amounts. It’s one of the coolest things ever, and you’ll want this stuff if you’re going to tackle inlay work.

generously, ensuring that it soaked all the way through

it creates a powerful smell that most people can’t stand. To me, it smells pretty good. But you want to step away after spraying. Too much of that smell will have you seeing giant purple lizards crawling out of the walls of your workshop while wee leprechauns tickle your kneecaps with dodo bird feathers. Best to stand back and let the reaction take place without you.

I repeated this process for the remaining two turquoise inlay rivers.

How to Make a Cheese Board with Turquoise Inlay

When all was filled I set the board aside and let the glue cure overnight.

Next was the hard part. Not only did I make three but I filled them a little too tall, so I had to remove. The bigger your inlay, the harder it is to smooth it out. Better to do your first board with thin lines or even small circles ) than huge rivers like mine. But I knew what I was getting myself into when I started the project, so I had to knuckle under and start sanding.

Grinding and Sanding the Crushed Turquoise Inlay

I blew through two brand new 80 grit belts in no time, and I had barely scratched the surface of my stone. I needed a new plan.

I decided to try It would be risky, and I’d have to use a light touch. I geared up again, this time goggles and hearing protection. The stone would throw up simple dust, but the CA glue would send some really nasty vapors my way, and a simple particulate filter wouldn’t do a damn thing to protect my lungs from those toxic fumes.

How to Make a Cheese Board with Turquoise Inlay

To keep the board from flying off the table, I held it in place

Even with all my gear, I had to take breaks to clear my eyes. Burning is just about the nastiest stuff I’ve encountered in my woodworking and DiYing thus far.

to a more manageable level, and I took off the respirator, but I remained geared up with PPE.

I went through I didn’t count them, but expect to burn through 10, 20 or even more, depending on how much inlay you have.

stone, I haven’t figured out a way to get the stone dead flat, nor to get the stone at the exact level of the wood. will have some small variation and will still stand just proud of the wood. As you run the sander over the board, the soft wood will always wear away quicker than the stone. To me, it is the nature of the beast, given the tools I have. With smaller inlays, it is easier to get flush with the wood. This is something to keep in mind before you start your project. Personally, I don’t mind the variations in elevation. It is a handmade product and has the imperfections that go with handmade things. Also, I like to use pretty and that adds to the difficulty when sanding. Smaller pieces mean so you may want to keep that in mind when thinking about your first inlay.

How to Make a Cheese Board with Turquoise Inlay

Once I had the inlays sanded to an acceptable state, it was time to do some fill-ins. When using all the different-sized crushed turquoise, it is hard to get every bit of space filled with stone or glue, so I always end up doing a second round of filling and gluing. For round two, I only use the smallest two grades of crushed turquoise and Sanding was a cinch for the fill-ins, since I only used the really

After the 60 grit, I flipped the board over and with a roundover bit.

through the grits, using 80, 100, 120, 150, 180, 220, 320, 400, 600, 800, 1000 and then 1500, until I had the piece almost shining even before putting a protective coat on it. After 150 grit, I again did a final touch-up with and and then carried on with 220 and higher.

Then I flipped the board over and marked where would go.

I then pre-drilled the screw holes that I would later use when

How to Make a Cheese Board with Turquoise Inlay

Finishing the Turquoise Inlay Cheese Board

The board was then ready for finishing. I grabbed my for cutting boards and cheese boards.

I won’t use anything other than for my boards. It is a wipe-on finish that is food-safe when cured. I used to protect my hands.

For the first coat, I mixed the with mineral spirits in a 40/60 ratio and applied it liberally to the board, starting with the under side.

Before turning the board over, I slightly inserted four thin screws into the pre-drilled holes to act as legs when I flipped the board over to work on the top.

How to Make a Cheese Board with Turquoise Inlay

to the top, letting the wood drink as much of it in as possible.

After about 8-12 hours, I lightly sanded with 2000 grit sandpaper, using barely the weight of my fingers for pressure. For the second and third coat, I increased the ratio of finish to about 50/50, again waiting at least 8 hours between coats and sanding with 2000 grit after each. For coats 4, 5 and 6, and sanded after each coat.

When I was done finishing the board,

And my crushed turquoise inlay cheese board was done!

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial on how to make a cheese board with crushed turquoise inlay, but if stone inlay is more than you’re willing to tackle, which will teach you how to make the board pictured below.

How to Make a Cheese Board with Turquoise Inlay

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So beautiful. I was trying to calculate the actual time it took you to do this, and I gave up, but I definitely need to work on my DIY patience quota. Your vision and attention to detail is aaahmazing. Thanks for sharing.

Thank you, Kay! Yeah, this one took a while, but it’s worth it in the end! Doing these projects over the last couple of years has done wonders for my patience!

Greg — Once again you’ve come up with a winner. I am familiar with your “Making a Cutting Board” , but this is just over the top in a GOOD way. Kudos to you for thinking of this and for the excellent write-up on how you executed it. It is always good to “see” how you completed a project. Thanks for sharing this one.

Hi Steve – great to hear from you, again! Yeah, this was a tough one. I knew as soon as I finished gluing the stone that I’d be in for a long ride to get the board in shape. That angle grinder saved my hide! I’m sure fine woodworkers would faint if they read this post, though! Thanks for commenting, and I’ll be awaiting the photos of your inlay board!

How to Make a Cheese Board with Turquoise Inlay

How to Make a Cheese Board with Turquoise Inlay

In this tutorial, I will show you how to make a cheese board with turquoise inlay. I’ll also teach you how to make your own crushed turquoise from raw ore.

Soon after we launched this blog, I wrote a tutorial for I didn’t want to write the post. I honestly didn’t think anyone would care. There were already hundreds of videos and so why would anyone want to read mine? I was a relative newcomer to woodworking, and a total to blogging. But my wife wanted me to write it, so what choice did I have?

That little tutorial, which I was totally against writing, The lesson is obvious and applies to all men: always listen to your wife. They know things.

Although, looking at the picture above, maybe she had a point. But the downside to that post was that I was deluged with orders for cutting boards that Christmas season. I could accommodate a few people, but my basement lair workshop is not set up for mass assembly, so I had to turn most people down. Besides, with the labor involved, even with a substantial price tag, making boards was not an economically sound business model. I was boarded out. I didn’t want to look at another cutting board, unless I was chopping onions on it.

How to Make a Cheese Board with Turquoise Inlay

But as the months wore on, I found myself thinking about cheese boards from time to time. Cheese boards can be identical to cutting boards – that is, they can be end-grain or face-grain and used for cheese or chopping. But cheese boards allow a freedom of construction that traditional cutting boards do not. A cutting board needs to stand up to, but be gentle on, a sharp knife . A cheese board does not. So, whereas you wouldn’t dream of chopping veggies or cleaving a ham hock on a piece of stone, you wouldn’t think twice about running that little round cheese knife through a wheel of brie plopped on a shiny slab of marble.

That thought of a stone cheese “board” got me thinking. What if I made a new kind of cheese board? Something with class and elegance. The board I had in mind would be with inlay coursing through its grain. I had just the piece of wood in the basement…

Before we begin, be sure to follow us on , and , and also sign up for our email list , so you’ll never miss a post!

How to Make a Cheese Board with Crushed Turquoise Inlay

Two years ago I bought an 8 foot length of that was 8 1/2 inches wide and about 1 1/2 inches thick. rather straight and uninteresting grain, but this piece had highly detailed grain running down its length. I wanted to use it for something special.

How to Make a Cheese Board with Turquoise Inlay

Well, as the months rolled on, I used a piece here and a piece there for some end-grain cutting boards I was making, but I never got a chance to showcase that beautiful figure. I held onto a piece in the hopes that one day I’d use it in a project where would shine. That day had arrived.

Instead of cutting the board into strips, I would keep it whole. I wasn’t worried about it warping at this point – had been sitting in the basement for two years enduring hot, humid summers and chilly, bone-dry winters. If it were going to warp, it would have done so already. Besides, would help keep it straight.

There were some interesting grain patterns there. I outlined three of them with pencil.

These would be my I used a with a to trace out the edges of my rivers. I set the depth to about 1/8 inch.

This is how it looked when was complete.

How to Make a Cheese Board with Turquoise Inlay

Next, I swapped out the for a With this bit, at the remaining wood in the riverbeds.

Until the board looked like this.

How to Make Your Own Crushed Turquoise from Raw Ore

The board was inlay, but first I had to get I had gone through the hair-whitening task of pricing a couple of years ago when making my . Jeezum Crow! I would expect a baggy full of gold nuggets and maybe a piece of the Holy Grail for the price these people were charging As is always the case when confronted with heart-seizing sticker shock, I found a way to DIY my crushed turquoise. I found several people I bought some from one seller that had I bought some from another seller that was and .

There are One is 1 1/2 inches wide by 6 inches long, and the other is 3/4 inch wide by 10 inches long. has end caps on both ends, while only has one end cap. I used them to crush Before starting, I put on the appropriate protective gear. Turquoise dust is bad for the lungs, so I wore a . Since hammering the rock was really loud, And just in case a stray piece of rock decided to fly towards my eyeballs,

How to Make a Cheese Board with Turquoise Inlay

Then, I checked to see if it would fit into the wide pipe.

This piece of turquoise was a little too big, so

I then inserted the narrow pipe and beat it for a little while, occasionally dumping the pieces into a box to check how things were going.

I picked the bigger pieces out of the box and put them back into the pipe for some more beating. When I had the biggest pieces down to the sizes I wanted, I started grading by first

I then separated what was left in by hand into two different grades.

How to Make a Cheese Board with Turquoise Inlay

I then further separated by straining again bag or paint strainer.

I crushed and mixed the equivalent grades of each together, so I could have the two shades of blue plus the white rock. I liked that look better.

Laying the Crushed Turquoise Inlay

Once , I readied the board for the turquoise inlay process. to have rounded edges, but I wouldn’t be able to with a roundover bit once the stone was inlaid, or the stone would destroy the bit. I decided to , and then round the stone later by sanding.

To prevent from running off the edges, I taped thin strips of hardwood all around the board to act as a dam for

How to Make a Cheese Board with Turquoise Inlay

at the edges, about 3/16 inch, to give a better look when viewing edge-on.

I was ready to begin the turquoise inlay process.

I started with the largest grade, and

…Until I had all the space filled and sitting just proud of the board’s surface. the little stuff off of the board and into the groove.

And to further define the edges of the groove.

How to Make a Cheese Board with Turquoise Inlay

placed to my satisfaction, it was time to gear up with Gluing isn’t loud work, so I didn’t need hearing protection. The stone dust wasn’t flying, so I didn’t need a mask. But I was working with You may not have noticed when using small amounts, but the fumes from CA glue burn the eyes like acrid smoke or acid.

With my peepers protected, it was time to break out I recommend for inlay work. He may have a generic name, but his glue is the best. You’ll also want to order a . Besides being the best CA glue out there, the price is orders of magnitude lower than if you were to buy the equivalent amount of those dinky little bottles they sell at hardware and grocery stores. And since even super glue takes an eternity to dry when you’re really anxious to keep working, an absolute must-buy is . If you thought super glue dried fast before, your jaw will fall through the floor and into the basement when you see this stuff in action. Without going into the exact chemistry of the reactions involved, the spray creates an with CA glue and The bottle says “a few seconds,” but it’s way faster than that for small amounts. It’s one of the coolest things ever, and you’ll want this stuff if you’re going to tackle inlay work.

generously, ensuring that it soaked all the way through

it creates a powerful smell that most people can’t stand. To me, it smells pretty good. But you want to step away after spraying. Too much of that smell will have you seeing giant purple lizards crawling out of the walls of your workshop while wee leprechauns tickle your kneecaps with dodo bird feathers. Best to stand back and let the reaction take place without you.

I repeated this process for the remaining two turquoise inlay rivers.

How to Make a Cheese Board with Turquoise Inlay

When all was filled I set the board aside and let the glue cure overnight.

Next was the hard part. Not only did I make three but I filled them a little too tall, so I had to remove. The bigger your inlay, the harder it is to smooth it out. Better to do your first board with thin lines or even small circles ) than huge rivers like mine. But I knew what I was getting myself into when I started the project, so I had to knuckle under and start sanding.

Grinding and Sanding the Crushed Turquoise Inlay

I blew through two brand new 80 grit belts in no time, and I had barely scratched the surface of my stone. I needed a new plan.

I decided to try It would be risky, and I’d have to use a light touch. I geared up again, this time goggles and hearing protection. The stone would throw up simple dust, but the CA glue would send some really nasty vapors my way, and a simple particulate filter wouldn’t do a damn thing to protect my lungs from those toxic fumes.

How to Make a Cheese Board with Turquoise Inlay

To keep the board from flying off the table, I held it in place

Even with all my gear, I had to take breaks to clear my eyes. Burning is just about the nastiest stuff I’ve encountered in my woodworking and DiYing thus far.

to a more manageable level, and I took off the respirator, but I remained geared up with PPE.

I went through I didn’t count them, but expect to burn through 10, 20 or even more, depending on how much inlay you have.

stone, I haven’t figured out a way to get the stone dead flat, nor to get the stone at the exact level of the wood. will have some small variation and will still stand just proud of the wood. As you run the sander over the board, the soft wood will always wear away quicker than the stone. To me, it is the nature of the beast, given the tools I have. With smaller inlays, it is easier to get flush with the wood. This is something to keep in mind before you start your project. Personally, I don’t mind the variations in elevation. It is a handmade product and has the imperfections that go with handmade things. Also, I like to use pretty and that adds to the difficulty when sanding. Smaller pieces mean so you may want to keep that in mind when thinking about your first inlay.

How to Make a Cheese Board with Turquoise Inlay

Once I had the inlays sanded to an acceptable state, it was time to do some fill-ins. When using all the different-sized crushed turquoise, it is hard to get every bit of space filled with stone or glue, so I always end up doing a second round of filling and gluing. For round two, I only use the smallest two grades of crushed turquoise and Sanding was a cinch for the fill-ins, since I only used the really

After the 60 grit, I flipped the board over and with a roundover bit.

through the grits, using 80, 100, 120, 150, 180, 220, 320, 400, 600, 800, 1000 and then 1500, until I had the piece almost shining even before putting a protective coat on it. After 150 grit, I again did a final touch-up with and and then carried on with 220 and higher.

Then I flipped the board over and marked where would go.

I then pre-drilled the screw holes that I would later use when

How to Make a Cheese Board with Turquoise Inlay

Finishing the Turquoise Inlay Cheese Board

The board was then ready for finishing. I grabbed my for cutting boards and cheese boards.

I won’t use anything other than for my boards. It is a wipe-on finish that is food-safe when cured. I used to protect my hands.

For the first coat, I mixed the with mineral spirits in a 40/60 ratio and applied it liberally to the board, starting with the under side.

Before turning the board over, I slightly inserted four thin screws into the pre-drilled holes to act as legs when I flipped the board over to work on the top.

How to Make a Cheese Board with Turquoise Inlay

to the top, letting the wood drink as much of it in as possible.

After about 8-12 hours, I lightly sanded with 2000 grit sandpaper, using barely the weight of my fingers for pressure. For the second and third coat, I increased the ratio of finish to about 50/50, again waiting at least 8 hours between coats and sanding with 2000 grit after each. For coats 4, 5 and 6, and sanded after each coat.

When I was done finishing the board,

And my crushed turquoise inlay cheese board was done!

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial on how to make a cheese board with crushed turquoise inlay, but if stone inlay is more than you’re willing to tackle, which will teach you how to make the board pictured below.

How to Make a Cheese Board with Turquoise Inlay

We love it when you share our posts on Facebook and Pinterest!

So beautiful. I was trying to calculate the actual time it took you to do this, and I gave up, but I definitely need to work on my DIY patience quota. Your vision and attention to detail is aaahmazing. Thanks for sharing.

Thank you, Kay! Yeah, this one took a while, but it’s worth it in the end! Doing these projects over the last couple of years has done wonders for my patience!

Greg — Once again you’ve come up with a winner. I am familiar with your “Making a Cutting Board” , but this is just over the top in a GOOD way. Kudos to you for thinking of this and for the excellent write-up on how you executed it. It is always good to “see” how you completed a project. Thanks for sharing this one.

Hi Steve – great to hear from you, again! Yeah, this was a tough one. I knew as soon as I finished gluing the stone that I’d be in for a long ride to get the board in shape. That angle grinder saved my hide! I’m sure fine woodworkers would faint if they read this post, though! Thanks for commenting, and I’ll be awaiting the photos of your inlay board!

How to Make a Cheese Board with Turquoise Inlay

How to Make a Cheese Board with Turquoise Inlay

In this tutorial, I will show you how to make a cheese board with turquoise inlay. I’ll also teach you how to make your own crushed turquoise from raw ore.

Soon after we launched this blog, I wrote a tutorial for I didn’t want to write the post. I honestly didn’t think anyone would care. There were already hundreds of videos and so why would anyone want to read mine? I was a relative newcomer to woodworking, and a total to blogging. But my wife wanted me to write it, so what choice did I have?

That little tutorial, which I was totally against writing, The lesson is obvious and applies to all men: always listen to your wife. They know things.

Although, looking at the picture above, maybe she had a point. But the downside to that post was that I was deluged with orders for cutting boards that Christmas season. I could accommodate a few people, but my basement lair workshop is not set up for mass assembly, so I had to turn most people down. Besides, with the labor involved, even with a substantial price tag, making boards was not an economically sound business model. I was boarded out. I didn’t want to look at another cutting board, unless I was chopping onions on it.

How to Make a Cheese Board with Turquoise Inlay

But as the months wore on, I found myself thinking about cheese boards from time to time. Cheese boards can be identical to cutting boards – that is, they can be end-grain or face-grain and used for cheese or chopping. But cheese boards allow a freedom of construction that traditional cutting boards do not. A cutting board needs to stand up to, but be gentle on, a sharp knife . A cheese board does not. So, whereas you wouldn’t dream of chopping veggies or cleaving a ham hock on a piece of stone, you wouldn’t think twice about running that little round cheese knife through a wheel of brie plopped on a shiny slab of marble.

That thought of a stone cheese “board” got me thinking. What if I made a new kind of cheese board? Something with class and elegance. The board I had in mind would be with inlay coursing through its grain. I had just the piece of wood in the basement…

Before we begin, be sure to follow us on , and , and also sign up for our email list , so you’ll never miss a post!

How to Make a Cheese Board with Crushed Turquoise Inlay

Two years ago I bought an 8 foot length of that was 8 1/2 inches wide and about 1 1/2 inches thick. rather straight and uninteresting grain, but this piece had highly detailed grain running down its length. I wanted to use it for something special.

How to Make a Cheese Board with Turquoise Inlay

Well, as the months rolled on, I used a piece here and a piece there for some end-grain cutting boards I was making, but I never got a chance to showcase that beautiful figure. I held onto a piece in the hopes that one day I’d use it in a project where would shine. That day had arrived.

Instead of cutting the board into strips, I would keep it whole. I wasn’t worried about it warping at this point – had been sitting in the basement for two years enduring hot, humid summers and chilly, bone-dry winters. If it were going to warp, it would have done so already. Besides, would help keep it straight.

There were some interesting grain patterns there. I outlined three of them with pencil.

These would be my I used a with a to trace out the edges of my rivers. I set the depth to about 1/8 inch.

This is how it looked when was complete.

How to Make a Cheese Board with Turquoise Inlay

Next, I swapped out the for a With this bit, at the remaining wood in the riverbeds.

Until the board looked like this.

How to Make Your Own Crushed Turquoise from Raw Ore

The board was inlay, but first I had to get I had gone through the hair-whitening task of pricing a couple of years ago when making my . Jeezum Crow! I would expect a baggy full of gold nuggets and maybe a piece of the Holy Grail for the price these people were charging As is always the case when confronted with heart-seizing sticker shock, I found a way to DIY my crushed turquoise. I found several people I bought some from one seller that had I bought some from another seller that was and .

There are One is 1 1/2 inches wide by 6 inches long, and the other is 3/4 inch wide by 10 inches long. has end caps on both ends, while only has one end cap. I used them to crush Before starting, I put on the appropriate protective gear. Turquoise dust is bad for the lungs, so I wore a . Since hammering the rock was really loud, And just in case a stray piece of rock decided to fly towards my eyeballs,

How to Make a Cheese Board with Turquoise Inlay

Then, I checked to see if it would fit into the wide pipe.

This piece of turquoise was a little too big, so

I then inserted the narrow pipe and beat it for a little while, occasionally dumping the pieces into a box to check how things were going.

I picked the bigger pieces out of the box and put them back into the pipe for some more beating. When I had the biggest pieces down to the sizes I wanted, I started grading by first

I then separated what was left in by hand into two different grades.

How to Make a Cheese Board with Turquoise Inlay

I then further separated by straining again bag or paint strainer.

I crushed and mixed the equivalent grades of each together, so I could have the two shades of blue plus the white rock. I liked that look better.

Laying the Crushed Turquoise Inlay

Once , I readied the board for the turquoise inlay process. to have rounded edges, but I wouldn’t be able to with a roundover bit once the stone was inlaid, or the stone would destroy the bit. I decided to , and then round the stone later by sanding.

To prevent from running off the edges, I taped thin strips of hardwood all around the board to act as a dam for

How to Make a Cheese Board with Turquoise Inlay

at the edges, about 3/16 inch, to give a better look when viewing edge-on.

I was ready to begin the turquoise inlay process.

I started with the largest grade, and

…Until I had all the space filled and sitting just proud of the board’s surface. the little stuff off of the board and into the groove.

And to further define the edges of the groove.

How to Make a Cheese Board with Turquoise Inlay

placed to my satisfaction, it was time to gear up with Gluing isn’t loud work, so I didn’t need hearing protection. The stone dust wasn’t flying, so I didn’t need a mask. But I was working with You may not have noticed when using small amounts, but the fumes from CA glue burn the eyes like acrid smoke or acid.

With my peepers protected, it was time to break out I recommend for inlay work. He may have a generic name, but his glue is the best. You’ll also want to order a . Besides being the best CA glue out there, the price is orders of magnitude lower than if you were to buy the equivalent amount of those dinky little bottles they sell at hardware and grocery stores. And since even super glue takes an eternity to dry when you’re really anxious to keep working, an absolute must-buy is . If you thought super glue dried fast before, your jaw will fall through the floor and into the basement when you see this stuff in action. Without going into the exact chemistry of the reactions involved, the spray creates an with CA glue and The bottle says “a few seconds,” but it’s way faster than that for small amounts. It’s one of the coolest things ever, and you’ll want this stuff if you’re going to tackle inlay work.

generously, ensuring that it soaked all the way through

it creates a powerful smell that most people can’t stand. To me, it smells pretty good. But you want to step away after spraying. Too much of that smell will have you seeing giant purple lizards crawling out of the walls of your workshop while wee leprechauns tickle your kneecaps with dodo bird feathers. Best to stand back and let the reaction take place without you.

I repeated this process for the remaining two turquoise inlay rivers.

How to Make a Cheese Board with Turquoise Inlay

When all was filled I set the board aside and let the glue cure overnight.

Next was the hard part. Not only did I make three but I filled them a little too tall, so I had to remove. The bigger your inlay, the harder it is to smooth it out. Better to do your first board with thin lines or even small circles ) than huge rivers like mine. But I knew what I was getting myself into when I started the project, so I had to knuckle under and start sanding.

Grinding and Sanding the Crushed Turquoise Inlay

I blew through two brand new 80 grit belts in no time, and I had barely scratched the surface of my stone. I needed a new plan.

I decided to try It would be risky, and I’d have to use a light touch. I geared up again, this time goggles and hearing protection. The stone would throw up simple dust, but the CA glue would send some really nasty vapors my way, and a simple particulate filter wouldn’t do a damn thing to protect my lungs from those toxic fumes.

How to Make a Cheese Board with Turquoise Inlay

To keep the board from flying off the table, I held it in place

Even with all my gear, I had to take breaks to clear my eyes. Burning is just about the nastiest stuff I’ve encountered in my woodworking and DiYing thus far.

to a more manageable level, and I took off the respirator, but I remained geared up with PPE.

I went through I didn’t count them, but expect to burn through 10, 20 or even more, depending on how much inlay you have.

stone, I haven’t figured out a way to get the stone dead flat, nor to get the stone at the exact level of the wood. will have some small variation and will still stand just proud of the wood. As you run the sander over the board, the soft wood will always wear away quicker than the stone. To me, it is the nature of the beast, given the tools I have. With smaller inlays, it is easier to get flush with the wood. This is something to keep in mind before you start your project. Personally, I don’t mind the variations in elevation. It is a handmade product and has the imperfections that go with handmade things. Also, I like to use pretty and that adds to the difficulty when sanding. Smaller pieces mean so you may want to keep that in mind when thinking about your first inlay.

How to Make a Cheese Board with Turquoise Inlay

Once I had the inlays sanded to an acceptable state, it was time to do some fill-ins. When using all the different-sized crushed turquoise, it is hard to get every bit of space filled with stone or glue, so I always end up doing a second round of filling and gluing. For round two, I only use the smallest two grades of crushed turquoise and Sanding was a cinch for the fill-ins, since I only used the really

After the 60 grit, I flipped the board over and with a roundover bit.

through the grits, using 80, 100, 120, 150, 180, 220, 320, 400, 600, 800, 1000 and then 1500, until I had the piece almost shining even before putting a protective coat on it. After 150 grit, I again did a final touch-up with and and then carried on with 220 and higher.

Then I flipped the board over and marked where would go.

I then pre-drilled the screw holes that I would later use when

How to Make a Cheese Board with Turquoise Inlay

Finishing the Turquoise Inlay Cheese Board

The board was then ready for finishing. I grabbed my for cutting boards and cheese boards.

I won’t use anything other than for my boards. It is a wipe-on finish that is food-safe when cured. I used to protect my hands.

For the first coat, I mixed the with mineral spirits in a 40/60 ratio and applied it liberally to the board, starting with the under side.

Before turning the board over, I slightly inserted four thin screws into the pre-drilled holes to act as legs when I flipped the board over to work on the top.

How to Make a Cheese Board with Turquoise Inlay

to the top, letting the wood drink as much of it in as possible.

After about 8-12 hours, I lightly sanded with 2000 grit sandpaper, using barely the weight of my fingers for pressure. For the second and third coat, I increased the ratio of finish to about 50/50, again waiting at least 8 hours between coats and sanding with 2000 grit after each. For coats 4, 5 and 6, and sanded after each coat.

When I was done finishing the board,

And my crushed turquoise inlay cheese board was done!

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial on how to make a cheese board with crushed turquoise inlay, but if stone inlay is more than you’re willing to tackle, which will teach you how to make the board pictured below.

How to Make a Cheese Board with Turquoise Inlay

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So beautiful. I was trying to calculate the actual time it took you to do this, and I gave up, but I definitely need to work on my DIY patience quota. Your vision and attention to detail is aaahmazing. Thanks for sharing.

Thank you, Kay! Yeah, this one took a while, but it’s worth it in the end! Doing these projects over the last couple of years has done wonders for my patience!

Greg — Once again you’ve come up with a winner. I am familiar with your “Making a Cutting Board” , but this is just over the top in a GOOD way. Kudos to you for thinking of this and for the excellent write-up on how you executed it. It is always good to “see” how you completed a project. Thanks for sharing this one.

Hi Steve – great to hear from you, again! Yeah, this was a tough one. I knew as soon as I finished gluing the stone that I’d be in for a long ride to get the board in shape. That angle grinder saved my hide! I’m sure fine woodworkers would faint if they read this post, though! Thanks for commenting, and I’ll be awaiting the photos of your inlay board!

How to Make a Cheese Board with Turquoise Inlay

How to Make a Cheese Board with Turquoise Inlay

In this tutorial, I will show you how to make a cheese board with turquoise inlay. I’ll also teach you how to make your own crushed turquoise from raw ore.

Soon after we launched this blog, I wrote a tutorial for I didn’t want to write the post. I honestly didn’t think anyone would care. There were already hundreds of videos and so why would anyone want to read mine? I was a relative newcomer to woodworking, and a total to blogging. But my wife wanted me to write it, so what choice did I have?

That little tutorial, which I was totally against writing, The lesson is obvious and applies to all men: always listen to your wife. They know things.

Although, looking at the picture above, maybe she had a point. But the downside to that post was that I was deluged with orders for cutting boards that Christmas season. I could accommodate a few people, but my basement lair workshop is not set up for mass assembly, so I had to turn most people down. Besides, with the labor involved, even with a substantial price tag, making boards was not an economically sound business model. I was boarded out. I didn’t want to look at another cutting board, unless I was chopping onions on it.

How to Make a Cheese Board with Turquoise Inlay

But as the months wore on, I found myself thinking about cheese boards from time to time. Cheese boards can be identical to cutting boards – that is, they can be end-grain or face-grain and used for cheese or chopping. But cheese boards allow a freedom of construction that traditional cutting boards do not. A cutting board needs to stand up to, but be gentle on, a sharp knife . A cheese board does not. So, whereas you wouldn’t dream of chopping veggies or cleaving a ham hock on a piece of stone, you wouldn’t think twice about running that little round cheese knife through a wheel of brie plopped on a shiny slab of marble.

That thought of a stone cheese “board” got me thinking. What if I made a new kind of cheese board? Something with class and elegance. The board I had in mind would be with inlay coursing through its grain. I had just the piece of wood in the basement…

Before we begin, be sure to follow us on , and , and also sign up for our email list , so you’ll never miss a post!

How to Make a Cheese Board with Crushed Turquoise Inlay

Two years ago I bought an 8 foot length of that was 8 1/2 inches wide and about 1 1/2 inches thick. rather straight and uninteresting grain, but this piece had highly detailed grain running down its length. I wanted to use it for something special.

How to Make a Cheese Board with Turquoise Inlay

Well, as the months rolled on, I used a piece here and a piece there for some end-grain cutting boards I was making, but I never got a chance to showcase that beautiful figure. I held onto a piece in the hopes that one day I’d use it in a project where would shine. That day had arrived.

Instead of cutting the board into strips, I would keep it whole. I wasn’t worried about it warping at this point – had been sitting in the basement for two years enduring hot, humid summers and chilly, bone-dry winters. If it were going to warp, it would have done so already. Besides, would help keep it straight.

There were some interesting grain patterns there. I outlined three of them with pencil.

These would be my I used a with a to trace out the edges of my rivers. I set the depth to about 1/8 inch.

This is how it looked when was complete.

How to Make a Cheese Board with Turquoise Inlay

Next, I swapped out the for a With this bit, at the remaining wood in the riverbeds.

Until the board looked like this.

How to Make Your Own Crushed Turquoise from Raw Ore

The board was inlay, but first I had to get I had gone through the hair-whitening task of pricing a couple of years ago when making my . Jeezum Crow! I would expect a baggy full of gold nuggets and maybe a piece of the Holy Grail for the price these people were charging As is always the case when confronted with heart-seizing sticker shock, I found a way to DIY my crushed turquoise. I found several people I bought some from one seller that had I bought some from another seller that was and .

There are One is 1 1/2 inches wide by 6 inches long, and the other is 3/4 inch wide by 10 inches long. has end caps on both ends, while only has one end cap. I used them to crush Before starting, I put on the appropriate protective gear. Turquoise dust is bad for the lungs, so I wore a . Since hammering the rock was really loud, And just in case a stray piece of rock decided to fly towards my eyeballs,

How to Make a Cheese Board with Turquoise Inlay

Then, I checked to see if it would fit into the wide pipe.

This piece of turquoise was a little too big, so

I then inserted the narrow pipe and beat it for a little while, occasionally dumping the pieces into a box to check how things were going.

I picked the bigger pieces out of the box and put them back into the pipe for some more beating. When I had the biggest pieces down to the sizes I wanted, I started grading by first

I then separated what was left in by hand into two different grades.

How to Make a Cheese Board with Turquoise Inlay

I then further separated by straining again bag or paint strainer.

I crushed and mixed the equivalent grades of each together, so I could have the two shades of blue plus the white rock. I liked that look better.

Laying the Crushed Turquoise Inlay

Once , I readied the board for the turquoise inlay process. to have rounded edges, but I wouldn’t be able to with a roundover bit once the stone was inlaid, or the stone would destroy the bit. I decided to , and then round the stone later by sanding.

To prevent from running off the edges, I taped thin strips of hardwood all around the board to act as a dam for

How to Make a Cheese Board with Turquoise Inlay

at the edges, about 3/16 inch, to give a better look when viewing edge-on.

I was ready to begin the turquoise inlay process.

I started with the largest grade, and

…Until I had all the space filled and sitting just proud of the board’s surface. the little stuff off of the board and into the groove.

And to further define the edges of the groove.

How to Make a Cheese Board with Turquoise Inlay

placed to my satisfaction, it was time to gear up with Gluing isn’t loud work, so I didn’t need hearing protection. The stone dust wasn’t flying, so I didn’t need a mask. But I was working with You may not have noticed when using small amounts, but the fumes from CA glue burn the eyes like acrid smoke or acid.

With my peepers protected, it was time to break out I recommend for inlay work. He may have a generic name, but his glue is the best. You’ll also want to order a . Besides being the best CA glue out there, the price is orders of magnitude lower than if you were to buy the equivalent amount of those dinky little bottles they sell at hardware and grocery stores. And since even super glue takes an eternity to dry when you’re really anxious to keep working, an absolute must-buy is . If you thought super glue dried fast before, your jaw will fall through the floor and into the basement when you see this stuff in action. Without going into the exact chemistry of the reactions involved, the spray creates an with CA glue and The bottle says “a few seconds,” but it’s way faster than that for small amounts. It’s one of the coolest things ever, and you’ll want this stuff if you’re going to tackle inlay work.

generously, ensuring that it soaked all the way through

it creates a powerful smell that most people can’t stand. To me, it smells pretty good. But you want to step away after spraying. Too much of that smell will have you seeing giant purple lizards crawling out of the walls of your workshop while wee leprechauns tickle your kneecaps with dodo bird feathers. Best to stand back and let the reaction take place without you.

I repeated this process for the remaining two turquoise inlay rivers.

How to Make a Cheese Board with Turquoise Inlay

When all was filled I set the board aside and let the glue cure overnight.

Next was the hard part. Not only did I make three but I filled them a little too tall, so I had to remove. The bigger your inlay, the harder it is to smooth it out. Better to do your first board with thin lines or even small circles ) than huge rivers like mine. But I knew what I was getting myself into when I started the project, so I had to knuckle under and start sanding.

Grinding and Sanding the Crushed Turquoise Inlay

I blew through two brand new 80 grit belts in no time, and I had barely scratched the surface of my stone. I needed a new plan.

I decided to try It would be risky, and I’d have to use a light touch. I geared up again, this time goggles and hearing protection. The stone would throw up simple dust, but the CA glue would send some really nasty vapors my way, and a simple particulate filter wouldn’t do a damn thing to protect my lungs from those toxic fumes.

How to Make a Cheese Board with Turquoise Inlay

To keep the board from flying off the table, I held it in place

Even with all my gear, I had to take breaks to clear my eyes. Burning is just about the nastiest stuff I’ve encountered in my woodworking and DiYing thus far.

to a more manageable level, and I took off the respirator, but I remained geared up with PPE.

I went through I didn’t count them, but expect to burn through 10, 20 or even more, depending on how much inlay you have.

stone, I haven’t figured out a way to get the stone dead flat, nor to get the stone at the exact level of the wood. will have some small variation and will still stand just proud of the wood. As you run the sander over the board, the soft wood will always wear away quicker than the stone. To me, it is the nature of the beast, given the tools I have. With smaller inlays, it is easier to get flush with the wood. This is something to keep in mind before you start your project. Personally, I don’t mind the variations in elevation. It is a handmade product and has the imperfections that go with handmade things. Also, I like to use pretty and that adds to the difficulty when sanding. Smaller pieces mean so you may want to keep that in mind when thinking about your first inlay.

How to Make a Cheese Board with Turquoise Inlay

Once I had the inlays sanded to an acceptable state, it was time to do some fill-ins. When using all the different-sized crushed turquoise, it is hard to get every bit of space filled with stone or glue, so I always end up doing a second round of filling and gluing. For round two, I only use the smallest two grades of crushed turquoise and Sanding was a cinch for the fill-ins, since I only used the really

After the 60 grit, I flipped the board over and with a roundover bit.

through the grits, using 80, 100, 120, 150, 180, 220, 320, 400, 600, 800, 1000 and then 1500, until I had the piece almost shining even before putting a protective coat on it. After 150 grit, I again did a final touch-up with and and then carried on with 220 and higher.

Then I flipped the board over and marked where would go.

I then pre-drilled the screw holes that I would later use when

How to Make a Cheese Board with Turquoise Inlay

Finishing the Turquoise Inlay Cheese Board

The board was then ready for finishing. I grabbed my for cutting boards and cheese boards.

I won’t use anything other than for my boards. It is a wipe-on finish that is food-safe when cured. I used to protect my hands.

For the first coat, I mixed the with mineral spirits in a 40/60 ratio and applied it liberally to the board, starting with the under side.

Before turning the board over, I slightly inserted four thin screws into the pre-drilled holes to act as legs when I flipped the board over to work on the top.

How to Make a Cheese Board with Turquoise Inlay

to the top, letting the wood drink as much of it in as possible.

After about 8-12 hours, I lightly sanded with 2000 grit sandpaper, using barely the weight of my fingers for pressure. For the second and third coat, I increased the ratio of finish to about 50/50, again waiting at least 8 hours between coats and sanding with 2000 grit after each. For coats 4, 5 and 6, and sanded after each coat.

When I was done finishing the board,

And my crushed turquoise inlay cheese board was done!

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial on how to make a cheese board with crushed turquoise inlay, but if stone inlay is more than you’re willing to tackle, which will teach you how to make the board pictured below.

How to Make a Cheese Board with Turquoise Inlay

We love it when you share our posts on Facebook and Pinterest!

So beautiful. I was trying to calculate the actual time it took you to do this, and I gave up, but I definitely need to work on my DIY patience quota. Your vision and attention to detail is aaahmazing. Thanks for sharing.

Thank you, Kay! Yeah, this one took a while, but it’s worth it in the end! Doing these projects over the last couple of years has done wonders for my patience!

Greg — Once again you’ve come up with a winner. I am familiar with your “Making a Cutting Board” , but this is just over the top in a GOOD way. Kudos to you for thinking of this and for the excellent write-up on how you executed it. It is always good to “see” how you completed a project. Thanks for sharing this one.

Hi Steve – great to hear from you, again! Yeah, this was a tough one. I knew as soon as I finished gluing the stone that I’d be in for a long ride to get the board in shape. That angle grinder saved my hide! I’m sure fine woodworkers would faint if they read this post, though! Thanks for commenting, and I’ll be awaiting the photos of your inlay board!

How to Make a Cheese Board with Turquoise Inlay

How to Make a Cheese Board with Turquoise Inlay

In this tutorial, I will show you how to make a cheese board with turquoise inlay. I’ll also teach you how to make your own crushed turquoise from raw ore.

Soon after we launched this blog, I wrote a tutorial for I didn’t want to write the post. I honestly didn’t think anyone would care. There were already hundreds of videos and so why would anyone want to read mine? I was a relative newcomer to woodworking, and a total to blogging. But my wife wanted me to write it, so what choice did I have?

That little tutorial, which I was totally against writing, The lesson is obvious and applies to all men: always listen to your wife. They know things.

Although, looking at the picture above, maybe she had a point. But the downside to that post was that I was deluged with orders for cutting boards that Christmas season. I could accommodate a few people, but my basement lair workshop is not set up for mass assembly, so I had to turn most people down. Besides, with the labor involved, even with a substantial price tag, making boards was not an economically sound business model. I was boarded out. I didn’t want to look at another cutting board, unless I was chopping onions on it.

How to Make a Cheese Board with Turquoise Inlay

But as the months wore on, I found myself thinking about cheese boards from time to time. Cheese boards can be identical to cutting boards – that is, they can be end-grain or face-grain and used for cheese or chopping. But cheese boards allow a freedom of construction that traditional cutting boards do not. A cutting board needs to stand up to, but be gentle on, a sharp knife . A cheese board does not. So, whereas you wouldn’t dream of chopping veggies or cleaving a ham hock on a piece of stone, you wouldn’t think twice about running that little round cheese knife through a wheel of brie plopped on a shiny slab of marble.

That thought of a stone cheese “board” got me thinking. What if I made a new kind of cheese board? Something with class and elegance. The board I had in mind would be with inlay coursing through its grain. I had just the piece of wood in the basement…

Before we begin, be sure to follow us on , and , and also sign up for our email list , so you’ll never miss a post!

How to Make a Cheese Board with Crushed Turquoise Inlay

Two years ago I bought an 8 foot length of that was 8 1/2 inches wide and about 1 1/2 inches thick. rather straight and uninteresting grain, but this piece had highly detailed grain running down its length. I wanted to use it for something special.

How to Make a Cheese Board with Turquoise Inlay

Well, as the months rolled on, I used a piece here and a piece there for some end-grain cutting boards I was making, but I never got a chance to showcase that beautiful figure. I held onto a piece in the hopes that one day I’d use it in a project where would shine. That day had arrived.

Instead of cutting the board into strips, I would keep it whole. I wasn’t worried about it warping at this point – had been sitting in the basement for two years enduring hot, humid summers and chilly, bone-dry winters. If it were going to warp, it would have done so already. Besides, would help keep it straight.

There were some interesting grain patterns there. I outlined three of them with pencil.

These would be my I used a with a to trace out the edges of my rivers. I set the depth to about 1/8 inch.

This is how it looked when was complete.

How to Make a Cheese Board with Turquoise Inlay

Next, I swapped out the for a With this bit, at the remaining wood in the riverbeds.

Until the board looked like this.

How to Make Your Own Crushed Turquoise from Raw Ore

The board was inlay, but first I had to get I had gone through the hair-whitening task of pricing a couple of years ago when making my . Jeezum Crow! I would expect a baggy full of gold nuggets and maybe a piece of the Holy Grail for the price these people were charging As is always the case when confronted with heart-seizing sticker shock, I found a way to DIY my crushed turquoise. I found several people I bought some from one seller that had I bought some from another seller that was and .

There are One is 1 1/2 inches wide by 6 inches long, and the other is 3/4 inch wide by 10 inches long. has end caps on both ends, while only has one end cap. I used them to crush Before starting, I put on the appropriate protective gear. Turquoise dust is bad for the lungs, so I wore a . Since hammering the rock was really loud, And just in case a stray piece of rock decided to fly towards my eyeballs,

How to Make a Cheese Board with Turquoise Inlay

Then, I checked to see if it would fit into the wide pipe.

This piece of turquoise was a little too big, so

I then inserted the narrow pipe and beat it for a little while, occasionally dumping the pieces into a box to check how things were going.

I picked the bigger pieces out of the box and put them back into the pipe for some more beating. When I had the biggest pieces down to the sizes I wanted, I started grading by first

I then separated what was left in by hand into two different grades.

How to Make a Cheese Board with Turquoise Inlay

I then further separated by straining again bag or paint strainer.

I crushed and mixed the equivalent grades of each together, so I could have the two shades of blue plus the white rock. I liked that look better.

Laying the Crushed Turquoise Inlay

Once , I readied the board for the turquoise inlay process. to have rounded edges, but I wouldn’t be able to with a roundover bit once the stone was inlaid, or the stone would destroy the bit. I decided to , and then round the stone later by sanding.

To prevent from running off the edges, I taped thin strips of hardwood all around the board to act as a dam for

How to Make a Cheese Board with Turquoise Inlay

at the edges, about 3/16 inch, to give a better look when viewing edge-on.

I was ready to begin the turquoise inlay process.

I started with the largest grade, and

…Until I had all the space filled and sitting just proud of the board’s surface. the little stuff off of the board and into the groove.

And to further define the edges of the groove.

How to Make a Cheese Board with Turquoise Inlay

placed to my satisfaction, it was time to gear up with Gluing isn’t loud work, so I didn’t need hearing protection. The stone dust wasn’t flying, so I didn’t need a mask. But I was working with You may not have noticed when using small amounts, but the fumes from CA glue burn the eyes like acrid smoke or acid.

With my peepers protected, it was time to break out I recommend for inlay work. He may have a generic name, but his glue is the best. You’ll also want to order a . Besides being the best CA glue out there, the price is orders of magnitude lower than if you were to buy the equivalent amount of those dinky little bottles they sell at hardware and grocery stores. And since even super glue takes an eternity to dry when you’re really anxious to keep working, an absolute must-buy is . If you thought super glue dried fast before, your jaw will fall through the floor and into the basement when you see this stuff in action. Without going into the exact chemistry of the reactions involved, the spray creates an with CA glue and The bottle says “a few seconds,” but it’s way faster than that for small amounts. It’s one of the coolest things ever, and you’ll want this stuff if you’re going to tackle inlay work.

generously, ensuring that it soaked all the way through

it creates a powerful smell that most people can’t stand. To me, it smells pretty good. But you want to step away after spraying. Too much of that smell will have you seeing giant purple lizards crawling out of the walls of your workshop while wee leprechauns tickle your kneecaps with dodo bird feathers. Best to stand back and let the reaction take place without you.

I repeated this process for the remaining two turquoise inlay rivers.

How to Make a Cheese Board with Turquoise Inlay

When all was filled I set the board aside and let the glue cure overnight.

Next was the hard part. Not only did I make three but I filled them a little too tall, so I had to remove. The bigger your inlay, the harder it is to smooth it out. Better to do your first board with thin lines or even small circles ) than huge rivers like mine. But I knew what I was getting myself into when I started the project, so I had to knuckle under and start sanding.

Grinding and Sanding the Crushed Turquoise Inlay

I blew through two brand new 80 grit belts in no time, and I had barely scratched the surface of my stone. I needed a new plan.

I decided to try It would be risky, and I’d have to use a light touch. I geared up again, this time goggles and hearing protection. The stone would throw up simple dust, but the CA glue would send some really nasty vapors my way, and a simple particulate filter wouldn’t do a damn thing to protect my lungs from those toxic fumes.

How to Make a Cheese Board with Turquoise Inlay

To keep the board from flying off the table, I held it in place

Even with all my gear, I had to take breaks to clear my eyes. Burning is just about the nastiest stuff I’ve encountered in my woodworking and DiYing thus far.

to a more manageable level, and I took off the respirator, but I remained geared up with PPE.

I went through I didn’t count them, but expect to burn through 10, 20 or even more, depending on how much inlay you have.

stone, I haven’t figured out a way to get the stone dead flat, nor to get the stone at the exact level of the wood. will have some small variation and will still stand just proud of the wood. As you run the sander over the board, the soft wood will always wear away quicker than the stone. To me, it is the nature of the beast, given the tools I have. With smaller inlays, it is easier to get flush with the wood. This is something to keep in mind before you start your project. Personally, I don’t mind the variations in elevation. It is a handmade product and has the imperfections that go with handmade things. Also, I like to use pretty and that adds to the difficulty when sanding. Smaller pieces mean so you may want to keep that in mind when thinking about your first inlay.

How to Make a Cheese Board with Turquoise Inlay

Once I had the inlays sanded to an acceptable state, it was time to do some fill-ins. When using all the different-sized crushed turquoise, it is hard to get every bit of space filled with stone or glue, so I always end up doing a second round of filling and gluing. For round two, I only use the smallest two grades of crushed turquoise and Sanding was a cinch for the fill-ins, since I only used the really

After the 60 grit, I flipped the board over and with a roundover bit.

through the grits, using 80, 100, 120, 150, 180, 220, 320, 400, 600, 800, 1000 and then 1500, until I had the piece almost shining even before putting a protective coat on it. After 150 grit, I again did a final touch-up with and and then carried on with 220 and higher.

Then I flipped the board over and marked where would go.

I then pre-drilled the screw holes that I would later use when

How to Make a Cheese Board with Turquoise Inlay

Finishing the Turquoise Inlay Cheese Board

The board was then ready for finishing. I grabbed my for cutting boards and cheese boards.

I won’t use anything other than for my boards. It is a wipe-on finish that is food-safe when cured. I used to protect my hands.

For the first coat, I mixed the with mineral spirits in a 40/60 ratio and applied it liberally to the board, starting with the under side.

Before turning the board over, I slightly inserted four thin screws into the pre-drilled holes to act as legs when I flipped the board over to work on the top.

How to Make a Cheese Board with Turquoise Inlay

to the top, letting the wood drink as much of it in as possible.

After about 8-12 hours, I lightly sanded with 2000 grit sandpaper, using barely the weight of my fingers for pressure. For the second and third coat, I increased the ratio of finish to about 50/50, again waiting at least 8 hours between coats and sanding with 2000 grit after each. For coats 4, 5 and 6, and sanded after each coat.

When I was done finishing the board,

And my crushed turquoise inlay cheese board was done!

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial on how to make a cheese board with crushed turquoise inlay, but if stone inlay is more than you’re willing to tackle, which will teach you how to make the board pictured below.

How to Make a Cheese Board with Turquoise Inlay

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So beautiful. I was trying to calculate the actual time it took you to do this, and I gave up, but I definitely need to work on my DIY patience quota. Your vision and attention to detail is aaahmazing. Thanks for sharing.

Thank you, Kay! Yeah, this one took a while, but it’s worth it in the end! Doing these projects over the last couple of years has done wonders for my patience!

Greg — Once again you’ve come up with a winner. I am familiar with your “Making a Cutting Board” , but this is just over the top in a GOOD way. Kudos to you for thinking of this and for the excellent write-up on how you executed it. It is always good to “see” how you completed a project. Thanks for sharing this one.

Hi Steve – great to hear from you, again! Yeah, this was a tough one. I knew as soon as I finished gluing the stone that I’d be in for a long ride to get the board in shape. That angle grinder saved my hide! I’m sure fine woodworkers would faint if they read this post, though! Thanks for commenting, and I’ll be awaiting the photos of your inlay board!

How to Make a Cheese Board with Turquoise Inlay

How to Make a Cheese Board with Turquoise Inlay

In this tutorial, I will show you how to make a cheese board with turquoise inlay. I’ll also teach you how to make your own crushed turquoise from raw ore.

Soon after we launched this blog, I wrote a tutorial for I didn’t want to write the post. I honestly didn’t think anyone would care. There were already hundreds of videos and so why would anyone want to read mine? I was a relative newcomer to woodworking, and a total to blogging. But my wife wanted me to write it, so what choice did I have?

That little tutorial, which I was totally against writing, The lesson is obvious and applies to all men: always listen to your wife. They know things.

Although, looking at the picture above, maybe she had a point. But the downside to that post was that I was deluged with orders for cutting boards that Christmas season. I could accommodate a few people, but my basement lair workshop is not set up for mass assembly, so I had to turn most people down. Besides, with the labor involved, even with a substantial price tag, making boards was not an economically sound business model. I was boarded out. I didn’t want to look at another cutting board, unless I was chopping onions on it.

How to Make a Cheese Board with Turquoise Inlay

But as the months wore on, I found myself thinking about cheese boards from time to time. Cheese boards can be identical to cutting boards – that is, they can be end-grain or face-grain and used for cheese or chopping. But cheese boards allow a freedom of construction that traditional cutting boards do not. A cutting board needs to stand up to, but be gentle on, a sharp knife . A cheese board does not. So, whereas you wouldn’t dream of chopping veggies or cleaving a ham hock on a piece of stone, you wouldn’t think twice about running that little round cheese knife through a wheel of brie plopped on a shiny slab of marble.

That thought of a stone cheese “board” got me thinking. What if I made a new kind of cheese board? Something with class and elegance. The board I had in mind would be with inlay coursing through its grain. I had just the piece of wood in the basement…

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How to Make a Cheese Board with Crushed Turquoise Inlay

Two years ago I bought an 8 foot length of that was 8 1/2 inches wide and about 1 1/2 inches thick. rather straight and uninteresting grain, but this piece had highly detailed grain running down its length. I wanted to use it for something special.

How to Make a Cheese Board with Turquoise Inlay

Well, as the months rolled on, I used a piece here and a piece there for some end-grain cutting boards I was making, but I never got a chance to showcase that beautiful figure. I held onto a piece in the hopes that one day I’d use it in a project where would shine. That day had arrived.

Instead of cutting the board into strips, I would keep it whole. I wasn’t worried about it warping at this point – had been sitting in the basement for two years enduring hot, humid summers and chilly, bone-dry winters. If it were going to warp, it would have done so already. Besides, would help keep it straight.

There were some interesting grain patterns there. I outlined three of them with pencil.

These would be my I used a with a to trace out the edges of my rivers. I set the depth to about 1/8 inch.

This is how it looked when was complete.

How to Make a Cheese Board with Turquoise Inlay

Next, I swapped out the for a With this bit, at the remaining wood in the riverbeds.

Until the board looked like this.

How to Make Your Own Crushed Turquoise from Raw Ore

The board was inlay, but first I had to get I had gone through the hair-whitening task of pricing a couple of years ago when making my . Jeezum Crow! I would expect a baggy full of gold nuggets and maybe a piece of the Holy Grail for the price these people were charging As is always the case when confronted with heart-seizing sticker shock, I found a way to DIY my crushed turquoise. I found several people I bought some from one seller that had I bought some from another seller that was and .

There are One is 1 1/2 inches wide by 6 inches long, and the other is 3/4 inch wide by 10 inches long. has end caps on both ends, while only has one end cap. I used them to crush Before starting, I put on the appropriate protective gear. Turquoise dust is bad for the lungs, so I wore a . Since hammering the rock was really loud, And just in case a stray piece of rock decided to fly towards my eyeballs,

How to Make a Cheese Board with Turquoise Inlay

Then, I checked to see if it would fit into the wide pipe.

This piece of turquoise was a little too big, so

I then inserted the narrow pipe and beat it for a little while, occasionally dumping the pieces into a box to check how things were going.

I picked the bigger pieces out of the box and put them back into the pipe for some more beating. When I had the biggest pieces down to the sizes I wanted, I started grading by first

I then separated what was left in by hand into two different grades.

How to Make a Cheese Board with Turquoise Inlay

I then further separated by straining again bag or paint strainer.

I crushed and mixed the equivalent grades of each together, so I could have the two shades of blue plus the white rock. I liked that look better.

Laying the Crushed Turquoise Inlay

Once , I readied the board for the turquoise inlay process. to have rounded edges, but I wouldn’t be able to with a roundover bit once the stone was inlaid, or the stone would destroy the bit. I decided to , and then round the stone later by sanding.

To prevent from running off the edges, I taped thin strips of hardwood all around the board to act as a dam for

How to Make a Cheese Board with Turquoise Inlay

at the edges, about 3/16 inch, to give a better look when viewing edge-on.

I was ready to begin the turquoise inlay process.

I started with the largest grade, and

…Until I had all the space filled and sitting just proud of the board’s surface. the little stuff off of the board and into the groove.

And to further define the edges of the groove.

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