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Project by wdkits1 posted 07-29-2011 04:30 PM 3297 views 33 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi everyone
As most of you know, last year I decided to try something new and set up a page on CustomMade .com. Although I have gotten a few small commissions from this, I wondered if it was worth the cost to continue. Well it has paid off with my best commission yet, so it looks like I will renew for another year. This is the prototype of a custom knife block that I made for a client that is having me make 40 of these to give to their customers for Christmas. The client sent me the specs of all the knives and an idea for the shape of the prototype and here it is.
Made from Walnut, Cherry and Maple. Quite a challenge to get everything to fit perfectly figuring the 18 degree angles involved and producing so many perfect glue lines but I whipped it with the help of different custom jigs which I will use for the mass production work. This will keep me busy for awhile!!!. Let the fun begin

-- Mike --

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#1 posted 07-29-2011 04:43 PM

That is very creative. How did you cut the knife grooves?

-- A man cannot be comfortable without his own approval. -- Mark Twain

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#2 posted 07-29-2011 04:46 PM


I think that is awsome (great job).

I am curious. Did you come up that design or was it the customer (or a combination of both of you)? I consider myself a decent craftsman but on the artistic/creative side I struggle. My wife is much more artistic than I but most of the time (being Mr. Practical) I reject her ideas because I am too concerned about the construction process. That is my hang up I know.

Anyway,,,, I would really like to hear a bit more detail about how the design / concept phase went if you would be so kind to share.

Great Job.

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#3 posted 07-29-2011 05:02 PM

Great knife block! Good looking work!

-- Chesapeake Bob, Southern Maryland

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#4 posted 07-29-2011 05:03 PM

Thanks for the comments
To Willie—- The slots for the knives are done on the scroll saw .Because all of the knives are different sizes I made cardboard tracing templates for each section then trace the patterns on each properly sized blank, drill a 1/16” pilot hole for the blade then carefully cut out the slots.

To danr—The client suggested the size and shape and the materials he wanted to use. The biggest obstacle was getting all of the sections cut to the proper angles for the glue up. Re-usable jigs are my friend but lots of trial and error involved.

-- Mike --

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#5 posted 07-29-2011 05:06 PM

Congrats on the big commission
The block looks really cool

-- Scott "Some days you are the big dog, some days you are the fire hydrant"

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#6 posted 07-29-2011 05:07 PM

That is KOOL! Love it ;-)

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#7 posted 07-29-2011 05:28 PM

Very nice, Your style and construction for this prototype is strong, durable, and very attractive. Great job, and congratulations on the commission, and thanks for sharing

-- It's Mic Keep working and sharing

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#8 posted 07-29-2011 05:59 PM

Makes me feel good buddy seeing you do something like this
congratulation cam you say what kind of businesses he has

-- OC down in Costa Rica. come down and see me some time. I'll keep the light on for you

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#9 posted 07-29-2011 06:00 PM

These WILL sell…..........

-- mike...............

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#10 posted 07-29-2011 06:24 PM

Nice collector’s item. Well done.

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#11 posted 07-29-2011 06:42 PM

Yep, WOW. Interesting, given the scrollsaw work, it sounds like the holder is hollow. I would have guessed solid with the typical method for knife holders. Nice finish too.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#12 posted 07-29-2011 06:48 PM

Actually the guts are solid with cutouts where each knife is. The scrolled front sections are 3/4 ” thick all cut at 9 degrees and glued together. This block weighs in at 18 lbs.

-- Mike --

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#13 posted 07-29-2011 08:58 PM

hey there mike, this is fantastic..these are very nice and so glad you got a good commission , all it takes is the right one to come along…this could produce more work down the line and with this companies contacts…maybe other companies will sign on for similar happy for ya…have fun with this…maybe when you get them all done you should re post a new picture with all of them …grizz

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#14 posted 07-30-2011 01:03 AM

Love the design. I’ve been thinking of knife block, and this is it.

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#15 posted 07-30-2011 02:51 AM

Congrats on the nice size commission. Really cool knife block.

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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