Various knife blocks

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Project by JAcker posted 01-29-2012 03:30 AM 4722 views 12 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Pcitures 1 and 2 are a vertical knife block I made from some scrap red oak trim and molding. I had seen a vertical block like this at a cooking store with a $3000 set of knives – they would not sell the block separately. I roughly laid this out with a few pieces of wood so it would hold 2 knives and my wife saw it. She told me to build it to hold all the knives.

The knives sit at about a 10 degree angle and are held in place by gravity, the grooves between slats, and a small lip on the bottom piece. The block is free standing but slips over the back splash. It puts the knives far enough back that my kids can’t reach them, but I can get them easily while cooking. Most importantly, it frees up a lot of counter space as compared to our traditional block.

Picture 3 shows another prototype that my wife told me to finish. It holds a set of steak knives (it also accommodates a carving set). Again, it gets the knives out of reach of kids and out of drawers. The knives are held nicely with minimal contact against the blades.

Picture 4 is a vertical knife block built for my mother-in-law, based on the first design. Her kitchen has a very odd tile back splash, so I have the weird 45 degree slant to clear the tiles. Like much of what I am working with now, this is hickory (from the infamous tree that hit my garage). Some of the wood has the natural edge with only the outer bark removed. The knot for the base was selected from several pieces until I found one that withstood being cut and planed to 3/8s. Why does it only hold 3 knives? I only found three knives worth using when I visited. Finish is mineral oil only.

Picture 5 added 12/2012. Spalted ambrosia maple with oak cross pieces/knife rest. This is the first “production” version I have made. Started with a sketch followed by CAD. This one was made for my parents. It may not get to them though.

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#1 posted 01-29-2012 03:51 AM

A great variety of knife blocks ,well done.

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#2 posted 01-29-2012 04:08 AM

I like the vertical racks. That’s a cool idea. You don’t have to pull them all out to find the one you want.

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#3 posted 01-29-2012 04:18 AM

Neat idea and well executed. It truly amazes me sometimes the amount that some of these places get off charging for things.

btw… Welcome to LumberJocks.


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#4 posted 01-29-2012 07:31 AM

Very cool. Is the angle enough to hold the knives in place? What about magnets?

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#5 posted 01-29-2012 09:28 AM

Very nice design. Great work!

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