Kitchen Knife Block

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Project by generick posted 02-02-2013 03:55 AM 1478 views 2 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my own design. It’s made of walnut and avodire (white mahogany). I built a special jig to cut the knife slots. Each slot exactly matches one knife. I sanded to 320 grit, sealed it with salad bowl finish, and then carnauba wax.

After I was done, I dropped it on the concrete floor and had to repair the support base. But, not until I had stopped crying… ;-)

-- Rick -- I never let my lack of talent get in the way of my creativity.

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#1 posted 02-02-2013 04:13 AM

very nice

-- Joel

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#2 posted 02-02-2013 04:16 AM

Thank you!

-- Rick -- I never let my lack of talent get in the way of my creativity.

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#3 posted 02-02-2013 05:17 AM

Cool nice work.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#4 posted 02-02-2013 08:58 AM

Love the design. I sympathize with the drop. Those always hurt.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#5 posted 02-02-2013 11:49 AM

That’s a real standout…......................

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

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#6 posted 02-02-2013 02:25 PM

I like this…on the todo list.
Thanks for posting.

-- Can't never could do anything, to try is to advance.

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#7 posted 02-02-2013 05:12 PM


Design originality and a great Fit and Finish, not available in the Retail outlets today.

You did yourself Proud on this project. I really enjoy using the new Ceramic Knives too.

Work Safely and have Fun. – Grandpa Len

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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#8 posted 02-02-2013 05:21 PM

I would have cried, too but your repair seems to be undetectable. I love the design it would look fantastic in anyone’s kitchen. I’m sure I would not be the only person interested in the jig you created to cut the slots.

-- The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that our aim is too low and we reach it.. Michelangelo

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#9 posted 02-02-2013 06:55 PM

Looks well designed and made.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#10 posted 02-04-2013 04:59 PM

Fantastic design and wood combination, a great addition to any kitchen. Well done!


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#11 posted 02-04-2013 05:32 PM

I am out for the week, but will post the jig picture when I get back.

-- Rick -- I never let my lack of talent get in the way of my creativity.

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#12 posted 03-01-2013 05:37 AM

Finally got some pictures taken.

Here is how it works:
1. I cut two 45 degee supports to hold the knife block at each end for the jig. The base is 3/4” plywood and it is kept straight with the miter track runner.
2. The clamp holds the block at the correct angle to cut out the knife slot from the center.
3. I base the depth of the cut on the diagonal measure of the block and the thickness of the knife blade that will go into it.
4. For example, a two inch diagonal block with a one inch knife blade will result a 1 1/2 depth of cut.
5. I cut a separt piece from the same board that is half of the knife blade thickness and the width of the saw blade kerf and glue into the bottom of the slot.
6. The knife will now sits in the middle of the block, be center and have a comfortable fit.

-- Rick -- I never let my lack of talent get in the way of my creativity.

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