Knife Storing Butcher Blocks

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Project by bubba1772 posted 11-09-2012 07:41 AM 1179 views 1 time favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was asked to make a couple large 20×20 endgrain butcher blocks 1 1/4” thick. The tough part was they wanted them to house a few knives. I accepted the job having no idea how I was going to store the knives in the side. I figured I could just do a little research, check out a few stores and see how companies are making them. Well what I found out was that nobody that I could find makes anything like that. Guess I’m just going to have to wing it. What I ended up trying was just cutting a deep groove in a couple test pieces with the tablesaw and putting them next to each other. Worked great! So all I had to do was glue up in stages, run them across the saw for a groove and glue them up. Turned out nice! Good thing these people have large countertops because these blocks are quite big and then the length of the knife handles as well. Way too big to fit in my kitchen, and heavy too.

Woods are Hard Maple and Purpleheart. The designs are basically the wood whisperers but I had to play around with the cutting board designer software to figure out how wide to make the strips to come out 20×20. Also added a solid purple strip to the ends of the one. Finished with General Finishes salad bowl finish cut 50%

-- I work with metal for money, and wood for fun...

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#2 posted 11-09-2012 02:46 PM

Beautiful work Bubba!

Innovated way to store the knives, very good.

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