Knife Block

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Project by ChesapeakeBob posted 12-26-2008 01:35 AM 2051 views 4 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had leftover oak flooring from a remodeling project a few years ago. I planed the flooring to take the grooves off the back, then ripped the tongues and grooves off. I glued 14 of these strips to together to form the base for this knife block for our son. The slots are simply saw kerfs. I capped the sides with 1/4” pine. Our son loved his new knives and knife block for his kitchen counter.

-- Chesapeake Bob, Southern Maryland

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#1 posted 12-26-2008 03:49 AM

Nice gift. Pretty clever design.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#2 posted 03-22-2010 11:16 AM

Great design! I’ve fooled around repeatedly trying to use a router to cut the grooves, use inlays, and other methods. All simple but I would mess up. I’m going to try it your way, but it seems almost foolproof. Right? (?)

-- Bruce, Florida

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#3 posted 03-22-2010 08:34 PM

Bruce, It is almost fool proof, yes. However, the little project rewards carefull workamanship. Be careful with good, square glue-ups, good accurate tablesaw cuts and use my trick for glueing the bottom “wedge” in place… I applied the glue, placed the wedge, and used a small homemade sandbag to hold the assembly in place until the glue dried.


-- Chesapeake Bob, Southern Maryland

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#4 posted 03-22-2010 10:33 PM

Thanks for that sandbag tip, CB. Always more to learn.

I was thinking about building two blocks and then sawing them in half at an angle. I note that’s how my Wustoff knife block is made.

Another trick I was thinking of doing is using dowels to more securely hold the siding in place. The Wustoff block started warping and coming unglued after 15 years, and I think the dowels make a nice contrast in the wood. Inside dowels could be used to hold the wedge piece in place in addition to glue.

I like Lumberjocks! So friendly and so helpful in a shared interest! Thanks for your feedback.


-- Bruce, Florida

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