Bamboo Skewer Knife Block

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Project by Aaron McCain posted 12-29-2012 07:20 PM 4609 views 7 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After finishing my box joint jig, I used it to make a knife block for my brother and his wife for Christmas. I laminated cherry, maple, and purpleheart into a board and then joined them with box joints. I had a little issue with chipout initially because I made the cutout in the jig too tall and had to fill it before continuing.

I was planning on filling the entire thing with the bamboo skewers, but 2,400 skewers still wasn’t enough. So instead of going and picking up more, I just made a thin divider out of mahogany to create a spot to store wooden spoons, spatulas, or other utensils. I finished it with clear danish oil.

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#1 posted 12-29-2012 07:28 PM

Very cool idea. Nice choice of woods.

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#2 posted 12-29-2012 08:12 PM

Very nice, I have a similar knife block on my TO DO list. I was thinking about tilting it on an angle similar to other knife blocks. Do you think the skewers would hold up if I tilted the box on a 45 degree angle?

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#3 posted 12-29-2012 09:26 PM

Cool design,looks good.

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#4 posted 12-30-2012 01:03 AM

Bamboo skewers… why didn’t I think of that? I have been trying to work out some kind of system for a knife block but have so many different sizes the block would take up a significant section of counter-top. Great use of contrasting woods, certainly a welcome addition to any kitchen!

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#5 posted 12-30-2012 02:52 AM

The skewers are in there pretty tight, so I don’t think it would matter if they are at an angle or not. The tricky part to tilting the box would be building a bottom that is parallel to the top.

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