Now THIS is a KNIFE--- Block

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Project by wdkits1 posted 12-14-2011 01:09 AM 4391 views 21 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi Everyone
This is my newest commissioned project . The client sent some sketches of what he wanted along with the dimensions of all of the knives and an idea of the kinds of woods to use. This monster is 14” wide x 13 ” deep and 12” tall and weighs 31 lbs. Made from Bloodwood, Cherry, Maple, Ebony, Jatoba and Walnut and finished with 5 coats of wipe-on satin poly. Fun project!!!

-- Mike --

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#1 posted 12-14-2011 01:29 AM

Wow! That thing is beautiful! Hope the client has a fancy set of knifes to put in there, the block is certainly deserving of the finest cutlery!

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#2 posted 12-14-2011 02:24 AM

Boy O Boy, that’s a beauty!
That would make any kitchen look better!
Nice job Mike!

-- Eric, central Florida / Utor praemia operibus duris

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#3 posted 12-14-2011 03:05 AM

gosh mike, that is one beauty…i dont think ive ever seen one this big, with so many knives…this is a premiere cutlery block…makes me want to do one for my kitchen…i know it wont be as massive as this, but..i would like to have my own in my kitchen, verses on that was made by someone else…might do it the first of the year…very good did a fantastic job…hope your well, and merry christmas to you mike…i hope your shop is nice and warm…you had to have put the heater in by now…are you going to do a follow up of the blog you did of the heater you were going to put in your shop, i would like to see it all the way done…well anyway…have a great christmas…

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

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#4 posted 12-14-2011 03:13 AM

What a fantastic Knife Block. That would look good in my new Kitchen as well.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#5 posted 12-14-2011 03:32 AM

The title says it all. What a beauty.

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

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#6 posted 12-14-2011 04:29 AM

Your client must be a chef to have that many knives. Your design is wonderful. It probably weighs a lot. Hopefully you don’t have to mail it. Nice wood choices. How did you cut the knive slots so perfect?

-- Flaws are only in the eye of the artisan!

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#7 posted 12-14-2011 04:35 AM

That is a big knife block! Looks good.

-- 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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#8 posted 12-14-2011 06:05 AM

Arr arr arr…......that is a knife block!!!!!!!!!!!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#9 posted 12-14-2011 06:34 AM

Wow that’s a monster. He has to be a chef to have that many knives – he’s going to love what he gets, it’s a beautiful piece of work. Hope he’s picking it up with the price of shipping and being 31 pounds – that might cost as much as the material.

I am curious as to what the round ports are for?

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#10 posted 12-14-2011 06:59 AM

Yes, excellent piece. Wondering the same. What are the round holes in the very front bottom used for…........

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

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#11 posted 12-14-2011 03:01 PM

Really nice knife block. I’m interested in the answers to the questions everybody else asked, the round holes, how the slots were made so perfect, etc?

-- When asked what I did to make life worthwhile in my lifetime....I can respond with a great deal of pride and satisfaction, "I served a career in the United States Navy."

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#12 posted 12-14-2011 03:03 PM

Beautifull job.Thats to nice to use.

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#13 posted 12-14-2011 03:26 PM

Thanks everyone for the comments. This is actually a prototype for the client who has expressed interest in having me create more blocks to supply a cutlery store.

To Grizzman—I am doing well, staying real busy and have not gotten the heating system in the shop yet but am making progress. Has not been real cold here yet. Time flies when you’re having fun. Merry Christmas to you also.

To Don—The block weighs 31 lbs and the client is paying the shipping from Richmond to Boston.

To Betsy—The long slot on the bottom is for a sharpening stone and the round holes are for spice bottles.
The slots were cut using a #5 blade on the scroll saw in the 3/4” face stock.

-- Mike --

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#14 posted 12-14-2011 04:56 PM

Mike, What a wonderful block, that exudes “custom made.” I love the wood combinations, as well as the added visual element of countersinking holes the bottom row of knives.

Is this block meant to house both Western and Japanese steel? I’m wondering, since it appears there are 2-holes for steels, rather than the typical 1-hole? Or maybe the holes in the upper right corner of the block are for something else?

Well done!

-- 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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#15 posted 12-14-2011 07:44 PM

WOW! High-end for sure.
thanks for posting.

-- Smitty

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