Custom Purple Heart Knife Block

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Project by KylesWoodworking posted 07-22-2013 12:56 AM 3259 views 2 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a commission custom piece that a customer wanted. It holds 28 knifes and a sharpener. It is made out of purple heart and I found out how hard purple heart is to work with.


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#1 posted 07-22-2013 01:16 AM

Very nice. Purpleheart is like a spoiled child…it only does what it wants to do.


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#2 posted 07-22-2013 01:17 AM

Well done, your knife holder is really nice. Made me remember that I built one that holds 9 knives awhile back and forgot to post it.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#3 posted 07-22-2013 02:51 PM


How did you cut the holes for the knifes? Or did you laminate the wood together?
Is purple heart wood diffulcult to work with?

-- Barry, Louisiana

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#4 posted 07-22-2013 05:54 PM

Nicely done. What finish did you use on it ?

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#5 posted 07-22-2013 09:24 PM

Copy that on the purple heart!!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#6 posted 07-23-2013 01:26 AM

Thanks everyone!

To cut the slots for the knifes, I used a 3/16” straight bit on my router table for the bottom slots. And scroll saw for the top slots. And YES, it is a very difficult wood to work with. I had to use all new carbine tipped blades to cut it, so I didn’t burn it.

Thanks for asking, I forgot to mention that. I used 5 coats of a butcher block mineral oil finish.



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#7 posted 07-23-2013 03:17 AM

Came out nicely

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#8 posted 07-24-2013 08:29 PM

Beautiful knife block! It’s worth all the hardwork and effort because your pupleheart is very attractive and it holds a lot of knives. Great job!

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#9 posted 07-24-2013 11:04 PM

Thanks for the reply : )

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