Rather than make an end-grain cutting board, I decided to make this using the edge grain. While it’s not as durable as an end-grain cutting board, it is much easier to make and can be run through a planer, something you probably don’t want to try with end grain.
I imagine a cheese board will only see use occasionally, for entertaining. Plus, slicing cheese doesn’t require a lot of knife-chopping action, so scratches on face grain will be minimal.
I made mine using padauk and cherry. Any hardwood will work.
This is a great opportunity to give your router some action if you haven’t used it much. The two recessed areas in the board are made using a cutting template. I used a round, bull-nosed bit, but a straight bit would work fine too.