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Project by theken posted 02-11-2011 04:35 PM 1312 views 3 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is a knife block I made up using the one the came with my Wusdorf knives as a guide. It is basically 5 pieces of maple with slots cut wide enough to fit my specific knives the entire length of the block prior to glue up. I picked one of the pieces that had the best looking grain pattern for the top and mapped out the slots from there. After glue up I cut the front piece off that became the support. For that I cut a 45 degree angle off the block and rotated that piece to become the front.

The finish is three coats of clear shellac sanded with 220 between coats.

Quick, easy, and does not look half bad.





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steliart

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#1 posted 02-11-2011 04:44 PM

looks very nice

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Jonathan

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#2 posted 02-11-2011 06:00 PM

Looks like you simply cut the slots on the tablesaw, maybe using a dado stack, or a flat topped blade a little at a time? Doesn’t look like you used a router bit.

This looks nice and you’ve given me an idea for something similar. It’s funny because I’ve looked at a couple of our knife blocks, but until I saw this one, the idea had not come to me. It’s going to involve an extra step or two, but will be similar to this.

Looks like you were wise in that you made an extra slot or two for future expansion, or maybe you just removed those knives to better show us the slots?

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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theken

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#3 posted 02-12-2011 02:18 PM

For the slots I was planning on using the table saw to cut out most of the material and chisel out the waste, but I changed tactics in process. I then cut along my layout line with the table saw and then used my router to trim out the rest. Next time I will make a jig and just use my router.

After I finished this I started thinking about the next version, in which I am thinking about an inlay pattern for the front.

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#4 posted 02-12-2011 02:34 PM

The wood is beautiful and you did a nice job. I might think about one of those.

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Jonathan

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#5 posted 02-12-2011 04:55 PM

I’ll be curious to see where this leads you then since it sounds like you’re already thinking about modifying the design with some sort of inlay. I’d certainly call this a good start.

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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