How to refresh a timber outdoor table
Take a trip to your local Bunnings to choose the timber for your cheese board. There are stacks of great timber offerings. The type of timber you choose is dependent on the style of platter you want to create. Going rustic? Choose dark hues. Or if you're looking for an elegant Scandi-look, we've got that covered too with a range of lighter woods.
We wanted to supersize our cheese platter, so opted for a 2m board. But the sky's the limit! Got stacks of people popping by? Use a long piece of timber that runs the distance down your table – just grab your table's specs before you head to the store, that way you know what you're working with.
The Team Members at Bunnings Warehouse are always happy to help and they'll cut the timber to your specifications. We wanted to save time on prep, so we opted for a SpecRite panel – they're already cut to size (we went for 1200mm x 405mm x 18mm), and pre-finished with high-quality Hardwax oil, approved and tested for contact with foodstuff. Too easy! But remember, if you're choosing a bespoke piece of timber, you'll need to treat it first so it's food safe – make sure you read up about food safety online.
You're going to want an easy way to carry your platter, so head to the handles aisle and choose some for each end. Measure the width of your board, then mark the centre point and draw a line. We've chosen snap-off fixing screws, measured to the right thickness and snapped off to size. After you've prepped your screws, centre your handles along the line you drew and mark the position of screw holes – then you're ready for the fun part!
It's time to use that power tool! Wear your safety glasses for this bit and drill pilot holes through the board and secure your handles with the provided screws. Twist them into place, tighten them and pop some protectors on the underside – that way you'll avoid scratching your table. Do the same on the other end of the board and you're good to graze!
Once your cheese platter is finished (yes, it took no time at all!), you're ready to start arranging your food. A selection of meat and cheese works well – choose pieces of fruit, or nuts, for pops of colour or to break up the plate.