I wanted some nice wooden cheese boxes for some soft Epoisses style cheese I made; here is how I made and painted hardwood WOODEN CHEESE BOXES, 4 1/4" diameter.
Soft cheeses have been packed in wooden cheese boxes for centuries. Before I get to how I made them, here are the finished wooden cheese boxes I made for the Epoisses-style cheese I made.
Steps to make a round wooden cheese box:
I bought the veneer from www.veneersupplies.com and they shipped rolled up in a nice compact cardboard box.
Below is a picture of the four parts I used to make each wooden cheese box:
- 1.5" x 14.5" strip for the box sides
- 1" x 15" for the lid sides
- 4.5" diameter circle for the bottom
- 4.75" diameter circle for the lid top
- The circles at this size, are oversized and will be trimmed down later.
I made these gluing forms for the lids and boxes. It took me a couple times to get these diameters just right to get a good fit between the box and lid. There was trial and error and I had to throw away 2 boxes and lids before I got it right. The lid form is 4 7/16" diameter and the box form is 4.25" dia.
After gluing on the flat tops and bottoms of the wooden cheese box, I let the glue dry, and then I carefully trimmed them with a sharp razor, finally sanding them smooth.
And here is the finished handmade and hand-painted wooden cheese box!: