Knife block

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I had a few board feet of spalted cottonwood and so I decided to build a knife block holder. I contemplated several designs but decided to use skewers because I like the flexibility when arranging the knives. I was also inspired by …

Dimensions for the large box are 10.5” tall by 6.5” wide by 7” deep. The small add-on is 6” tall by 6” wide by 2.5” deep. Poplar was used for the bottom.

Anybody have an idea of how many skewers I used? I used all the same diameter but just cut to length. They are left loose in the container.

Completed 9-2010.

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#1 posted 1338 days ago

Those are pretty cool. My guess is 547.

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#2 posted 1338 days ago

That spalted cottonwood looks great. My guess is 1600.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! SteveW

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#3 posted 1338 days ago


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#4 posted 1338 days ago

Close to 3,000….


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#5 posted 1338 days ago

clever. 1980

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#6 posted 1338 days ago

nice idea and build. Are the skewers just loose in the box? my guess is 5500.

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#7 posted 1338 days ago

Nicely done. I love the bamboo skewer knife blocks and the spalted cottonwood is fantastic.
Did you glue the skewers in place or leave them “friction fit”?

I’m going to guess 1827 skewers in the top section and 347 in the bottom piece, for a total of 2174. That’s how many I used ;)

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#8 posted 1338 days ago

Love these, I’ve been meaning to make one, my mother-in-law has one her hubby made and I just think it is the greatest.

Spin on it/other add-on, I am going to build one that mounts to the cupboard next to the window that is a little taller and narrower with a small shelf above it and a hook for the scissors on the side.

Great project.

-- Jen loves wood!

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#9 posted 1338 days ago

Nice job. I counted 1975 :)

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#10 posted 1338 days ago

Nice job, 2527

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#11 posted 1338 days ago

I love the design,and the cottonwood is gorgeous.

My guess would undoubtedly need to be One Billion Million Catrillion Shama Lama Ding Dong Illion skewers.

Although I did not count, it will be close. I assure you. ;P

-- Dale, Oregon

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#12 posted 1338 days ago

such a great idea, and well executed. It would look great sitting up there in the kitchen.
my guess is 1500.

-- Theresa,

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#13 posted 1338 days ago

Based on some mathimatical equations ( yeah right ) and a good guess. 1000
Nice work, going to do some of these soon for the farm.

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#14 posted 1338 days ago

You did a nice job on this and it looks like the skewers work great.

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#15 posted 1338 days ago


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