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Project by Dadoo posted 2356 days ago 2474 views 5 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The third picture shows the humble beginnings of this project. A pile of silverware in a cheap plastic keeper, with our expensive knives tossed in for an added risk…”Hey kids! Step right up! Reach right in and maybe you’ll pull back a bloody finger!” My wife inherited her mother’s silverware (which matched ours) so now we have well, a lot! So much in fact that she has the other half still stored in the attic. She also likes to entertain occasionally and I’ve seen where she sets out handfuls of silverware in little baskets with ribbons and flowers! (Wives are just so cutesy aren’t they?) So this unit is designed to be removed (handles) just for that purpose. I also designed it to accommodate our good knives, keeping them separated and to protect the edge from little fingers.

There were no plans as I designed the whole unit in my head using only occasional measurements. The wood is 100% reclaimed (100+ year old), 7/8” thick hard maple flooring that I planed to 1/2” thick. Planing that stuff is interesting as every now and then you sense the aroma of old spilled beer, or apple pie, or something. It definately does not smell like fresh maple! I wonder if I’ll someday smell a turkey dinner, but apparently the turkey never hit the floor. They must’ve never owned a house dog or cat either! The wood is also very hard on the planer blades as well.

The corners are joined with a simple rabbet, glue and 18ga nails. The bottom is a sheet of Luann. I know it’s a blasphemy to paint hardwood, but I wanted it to match her cabinets. And it’s really not painted…It’s pickled! I was surprised that it did match the first time! I also left the interior natural as kind of a contrast, ya know? It’s all a big experiment. The interior corners were an experimental attempt to add a little flair to the butt joint. I dunno…it’s different.

Anyhow, she came out to the (lab) last night and guessed at the surprise (I’m not tellin’ ya what I’m making.) unit. I tried to tell her that it was a tray for storeing my sockets and ratchet handles but I accidently paused to think, and that gave it away. Anyhow, she loves it and I guess that’s all that matters right?

-- Bob Vila would be so proud of you!





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TomFran

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#1 posted 2356 days ago

Nice solution, Dadoo. I’m sure it will be apprecitated every day. Those are some of my favorite projects – the practical ones.

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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GaryK

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#2 posted 2356 days ago

Pretty cool, Dadoo! Something familiar about that last picture.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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kjwoodworking

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#3 posted 2356 days ago

Excellent work. I like the handles for easy removal. I agree with Tom and Gary as some of my favorite projects are the practical ones too and that last pic does look familiar as well.

Good Job.

-- Kirk H. -- http://www.kjwoodworking.com

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Scott Bryan

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#4 posted 2356 days ago

very nice Dadoo. It not only gives you a chance to spend some time in the “lab” but it lets you make mama happy as well. And that is what is important. Thanks for the story as well. It adds a nice element to the post.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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Dominic Vanacora

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#5 posted 2356 days ago

Nice idea. Also nice to hear you reused 100 year old flooring. Thats funny about the smells. I wouldn’t think it wood smell after a few weeks never mine years. Thanks for sharing your great idea.

-- Dominic, Trinity, Florida...Lets be safe out there.

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darryl

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#6 posted 2356 days ago

That came out nice. I really need to work on something like this for our kitchen drawer.
I like the contrast as well as the raised corners, keeps it from being boring.
good job.

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Dadoo

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#7 posted 2356 days ago

The unit is 2 7/8” high fitting into a 3” high drawer. So I had to recess where the handles go just so they would fit! Another one of those “build as you go” things!

The smells generated by the planer are there. I picked up on an odor that smelled like the inside of an old beer keg while planing this. The only thing I can think of is that someone spilled his beer and it soaked into the boards. Which is also why I figure they never owned a dog or cat. Thank God!

-- Bob Vila would be so proud of you!

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rikkor

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#8 posted 2356 days ago

Great way to organize the drawer, and to up the safety level for the young ‘uns.

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teenagewoodworker

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#9 posted 2356 days ago

great job. that sure makes your drawer more organized.

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CharlieM1958

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#10 posted 2356 days ago

So much nicer than mine….I’m still a member of the cheap plastic club. :-)

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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mrtrim

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#11 posted 2356 days ago

great job dadoo ! if i had that many kitchen tools id only wash the dishes twice a year ! looks good .

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grovemadman

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#12 posted 2356 days ago

Nice job and a great thing to do for your wife.

-- --Chuck

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clieb91

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#13 posted 2356 days ago

Dadoo, That look great. We have a few drawers in our kitchen that look like that last one. Do need to make something like this. Is the knife block out of the same wood?

CtL

-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- PortablePastimes.com (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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cajunpen

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#14 posted 2355 days ago

Dadoo those drawers look like every drawer in America. Of course you’ve got one of the neater drawers now – nice job. Now we will all be building similar inserts for our kitchens.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased." http://www.cajunpen.com/

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