Knife Block

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Project by Tyler Brown posted 12-13-2011 03:53 AM 1595 views 2 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had a few free moments in the garage this weekend, so I made my first real project. (Real actually means finished) I saw this idea on Woodworkers’ Journal’s newsletter I believe. There is a short video on how he makes this. I actually impressed myself on how this project came out. The woods are Cherry & accented with Maple spacers, and I finished it with 2 coats Minwax Wipe-on Polyurethane Satin. I rubbed it down with 0000 Steel Wool in between coats. The worst part was trying to cut the 1/4” spacers square on the table saw as my band saw doesn’t have a fence, nor is the blade wide enough to make a straight cut. I know it wasn’t the best way to do it, but it got the job done. The joints came out surprisingly good especially considering I do not have a jointer or planer.

-- Tyler, Alabama, Not of this world - Romans 12:1-2

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#1 posted 12-13-2011 05:59 AM

Wow! Wow! Wow! I hope my wife does not see this post or I will have yet another project in my already long list.

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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#2 posted 12-13-2011 11:55 AM

Nice work looks great.

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

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#3 posted 12-13-2011 02:56 PM

Excellent first knife block, Tyler.

Here’s a tip for your next one from a home gourmet: cut the base at an angle so that the slots are up and down. When putting the knives away, make sure the sharp side is up so the knife rests on its spine, not the edge. This protects the edge from wear and tear when inserting and withdrawing them.

I really like the contrast of the cherry )one of my favourite woods) and maple.

I wonder how one would look with maple body and purpleheart spacers? (PH is another fav of mine) :)

Keep up the good work.


-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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#4 posted 12-14-2011 02:45 AM

I made one of these this past weekend too. The only thing I did different was I made the spacers full lenth and I cut the bottom at a 15 degree angle so it would tilt forward some. The next one I’ll cut the angle at about 22 degrees. Simple quick project and fun to make. And yes, my wife saw the new letter and had to have one.

-- "Courage is being scared to death -- but saddling up anyway."

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#5 posted 12-14-2011 06:36 PM

Thanks for the encouraging words everybody.

-- Tyler, Alabama, Not of this world - Romans 12:1-2

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