|Project by RussInMichigan||posted 06-06-2014 02:31 PM||1623 views||24 times favorited||8 comments|
The old silverware and knife drawer needed serious attention. I made a new one.
The first photo shows the end result, a silverware organizer with two levels of knife slides above it – one for heavy cutlery, and the other for paring knives and steak knives.
The second photo shows what needed the serious attention. The knives were mostly thrown in together meaning their edges were bound to get banged up, requiring more sharpening. The solution avoids the blades ever making contact with other metal when they are in their proper place. I hope we can keep a keen edge longer on our kitchen cutlery.
The third photo shows the drawer box. Half inch Baltic birch plywood, dadoed out for a 3/8” Baltic birch bottom. I dovetailed the corners and rounded over the top edge of the box.
The fourth photo shows the silverware organizer itself.
In the fifth image I’m doing the layout for the heavy cutlery slide. I cut paper to the right size, set the knives in place and traced the handles and blades. Once the template was ready I mounted it with spray adhesive to a 3/8” maple glue-up, then cut out the handles recesses with my scroll saw.
Picture six shows the carving of the finger recesses in progress. I removed most of the waste with bench chisels and gouges. Then, I finalized the shape and profile with a sanding drum on a Dremel. The final surface resulted from sanding through the grits from 60 to 320.
I finished all the organizer surfaces with butcher block conditioner and elbow grease.
Have a great day, Lumberjocks.