Knife box for kitchen

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Project by scopemonkey posted 07-24-2008 06:32 AM 2709 views 9 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I got this idea for our kitchen knives from a magazine (which one escapes me for the moment) but I took a bit of artistic license for my version. The knives are supported by literally hundreds (over a thousand) bamboo skewers crammed into the box. The bottom is lined with cork. I had a bit of fun doing the inlay by hand—that is—without the use of a bushing set on my router. It turned out to be easier than I thought it was going to be as long as I kept my chisel razor sharp (is there any other kind??).

Woods Used: Box is African mahogany, Inlay is yellowheart and Caribbean rosewood, splines are purpleheart
Finish: General Finishes Seal-a-cell with Arm-R-Seal topcoats.

Comments welcome… usual.

-- GSY from N. Idaho

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#1 posted 07-24-2008 06:53 AM

I really like the inlay and the purpleheart splines…. you’ve done a fantastic job on this! I’m sure it takes lots of patience to put the inlay in by hand….

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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#2 posted 07-24-2008 10:59 AM

I saw that magazine, too. Your take on the project is very well done. That is a neat inlay.

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#3 posted 07-24-2008 11:07 AM

Me like, me have very sharp knives, me like inlay.

I have a solid stainless chopper, it cuts like butter, I have 3 knife boxes, all bought. Now I need one like that.

I have the plastic rod version of the bamboo spikes, I like yours better.

-- Measure once cut twice....oh wait....ooops.

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#4 posted 07-24-2008 12:22 PM

It looks great! Cool idea too! If you remember the name/issue of the magazine please post.

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#5 posted 07-24-2008 12:57 PM

I need something to hold my knives.

And it is just filled with skewers.. that’s it? (and the cork on the bottom)

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#6 posted 07-24-2008 01:19 PM

Great craftsmanship, & very clever.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#7 posted 07-24-2008 06:35 PM

I have looked at the plastic versions many times, but never thought of using bamboo skewers. I may have to try that one myself. Maybe not the handmade inlay just yet though. That turned out beautiful.

-- Kevin, Wichita, Kansas

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Marcel T

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#8 posted 07-24-2008 07:44 PM

That’s awesome! Awesome idea with the skewers!

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#9 posted 07-24-2008 08:00 PM

Wish I could take credit for the skewer idea, but I found the magazine that inspired me:
Woodsmith no. 175 from 2/08. They had an article on kitchen containers.

-- GSY from N. Idaho

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#10 posted 07-25-2008 03:26 PM

I just looked online.. this sells for $125.

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#11 posted 08-09-2008 05:49 PM

nice job

-- jeanmarc manosque france

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#12 posted 12-29-2008 02:01 AM

WOW !! That’s a real eye catcher : ) What are the dimensions ?

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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