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Project by kiefer posted 11-26-2014 08:44 PM 1958 views 2 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I am in the Christmas present mode at the moment and these are a couple of bread boards and wooden knives that I made for one of my kids and she is not the safest person to handle a sharp knife .
Today I tested the two knives I made and the hollow ground one performed much better compared to the bevel ground edge .You can see the difference in pic one and three of how they cut my sandwich and I was quite surprised at the result .
Both knives are made from JATOBA/Brazilian cherry and the boards are a mix of Jatoba,hickory and maple and have a bevel edge at tip to make them useful to put a small pizza or sandwich in the oven or remove it .
I used the table saw to make the hollow grind type but feel a router in the table with a raised panel bit is a much safer way to do this .
Thank you Cady Frye for getting me started on pizza boards .

I got to get back in the shop no time to waste and many more presents to make .

Thanks for looking and comments always welcome !


-- Kiefer

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#1 posted 11-26-2014 09:24 PM

Very nice, I better make my Sweet Heart one of those knifes, she hates when I sharpen the knifes, and I have a bunch of Jatoba flooring scraps to boot! (That looks like a pretty nice sandwich too! where is the mustard?)

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#2 posted 11-26-2014 09:39 PM

As always Klaus top knotch. Thought from title you were doing knives now. LOL! Thanksgiving Day here in USA tommorrow! From meto you Happy Thanksgiving!

How does someone get on your list Mr Klaus? I’ve been nice…well mostly. :)

Gotta go and shovel some more snow before I get plowed in,

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#3 posted 11-26-2014 10:00 PM

Very nice. I am surprised about the knives. I have tried making letter openers with not much luck. Maybe the wrong kind of wood.

-- Thor and Odin are still the greatest of Gods.

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#4 posted 11-26-2014 10:02 PM

Nice work. Love the knives. I have made—-attempted to make—them several times. Yours knives and boards are top notch!

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#5 posted 11-26-2014 10:04 PM

Look great—love your analysis of your daughter’s challenges. Merry Christmas!

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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woodshaver (Tony)

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#6 posted 11-26-2014 10:32 PM

Excellent as usual Love that hollow ground knife, great work! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family Klaus.
Your sandwich made me hungry! “)

-- Tony C UAW, St Augustine FL, My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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#7 posted 11-26-2014 10:35 PM

I love it, Great work.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#8 posted 11-26-2014 10:43 PM

That looks great. Great job buddy

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#9 posted 11-26-2014 11:09 PM

Great job. Love the knife idea especially the hollow ground one. I haven’t had much luck with making wooden knives that actually work. The sandwich looks great too.

-- John, Colorado's (Wooden Wizard)

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#10 posted 11-27-2014 12:03 AM

Great job on those, Klaus. I love the hollow ground edge on the knife!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#11 posted 11-27-2014 01:17 AM

Nice work Klaus. Great color combo with the choice of lumber. What a cool idea of a hollow ground wood knife. I have 3 bowls I hope to have finished tonight. These are for Thanksgiving, not Christmas. Little behind from working on my bench and painting half the rooms in the house. I have a large 12’’ C-clamp that I’m thinking of converting to another vise for the bench. The wheels are turning now. Have a great holiday.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#12 posted 11-27-2014 01:45 AM

Really nice work and some great inspiration from Candy!

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#13 posted 11-27-2014 03:39 AM

Beautiful boards and knives, Klaus! The hollow ground knife looks and cuts great! How thick is it and did you bevel the back of the edge any? Do you think the hollow ground edge would hold up on a softer wood, like cherry? I may have to overcome my trepidation of the router table and give this a try. Thanks for the shout out, I am glad to see your adaptation. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

-- God bless, Candy

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#14 posted 11-27-2014 04:13 AM

Thanks Candy
The jatoba scrap I used is 1/2” and hollow cut from both side and I put on a little what you would call a micro bevel .
Works great as you can see from my sandwhich should also work on pizza etc .
I am making some knifes from hard maple now and will see if that is hard enough , if not I may fit them with a metal edge glued into a groove .
Enjoy your Holiday and I hope you have good weather .

Take care Klaus

-- Kiefer

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#15 posted 11-27-2014 06:26 AM

Great work. I have been considering trying my hand at hollow ground wooden knives for a while. Just too many other projects keep comming up first. Like remodeling the house, adding a new room and porch.
But back to the knives. If you need a metal edge, you might try the cutter from a wax paper box. A hacksaw blade would serve just as well. Dremal cut the slot then epoxy the blade into it. Repurpose anything you can and save the landfill. Besides I am a cheapskate.

-- Still trying to master kindling making

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