The Knife Block

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Blog entry by thewoodwhisperer posted 11-14-2012 04:04 PM 6789 reads 2 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

For the last few years, Popular Woodworking has been publishing numerous projects within their I Can Do That series. The idea is to provide straightforward project plans that just about anybody can do with a basic set of tools. Back in 2009, with Popular Woodworking’s permission, I decided to build a few of these projects for our Guild members. So this video shows you how to build the Knife Block, designed by Chris Schwarz. It’s a fun little project that makes a great gift, especially if you’re sick of giving people cutting boards as presents! Please note that this video was originally filmed in 2009.

The knife block is one of those practical projects that is a fun diversion from the things we normally make. This video not only covers the construction of the knife block, but also my technique for milling an extra wide board that is too wide for my jointer. This is one of those projects that really shows the need for honing BOTH your hand tool and power tool skills.

You can download the plan here. If you decide to make one, don’t be afraid to deviate from the plan. Change the dimensions, try a different wood species, and heck, maybe even change the shape and the joinery! The sky’s the limit!

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#1 posted 11-14-2012 06:52 PM

Looks like a cool project. I might try this sometime!

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#2 posted 11-14-2012 07:31 PM

I could do that! Great project

-- Garry fae Bonnie Scotland

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#3 posted 11-15-2012 12:22 AM

I was going to make this for years! thanks for the reminder…

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#4 posted 11-15-2012 11:09 PM

Looks good, fast & simple

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#5 posted 11-19-2012 06:03 PM

As always fun to watch you videos… Look fwd to more….

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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