Custom Knife Blocks #1: Let The Fun Begin

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Blog entry by wdkits1 posted 09-15-2011 03:38 AM 2140 reads 4 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Hi everyone
As some of you may know I got a sizable commission for producing some custom knife blocks for a client that will give them as Christmas gifts to their best customers.
When I had originally talked with the client they had wanted to order as many as 40 of these blocks but after discussing their budget we settled on doing 25 which considering the deadline for delivery didn’t hurt my feelings. The blocks are made from Walnut, Maple and Cherry and the style was something that the client had suggested but left it up to me to do the final design . I was given the specs of the knife sizes and dimensions and built a prototype block

In order to keep all of the components consistent I had to make several jigs to help me in this process as you will soon see in action. I have gathered up all of my rough sawn lumber and have made all of the final modifications as per the client. Let the fun begin

-- Mike --

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#1 posted 09-15-2011 04:35 AM

Nicest design I’ve seen yet! Clean lines, elegant and creative. Very nice! I build the gears in my clocks with a similar wedge design. I keep all the gear grains radial for tooth strength. But, doing so means gluing 12 separate wedges at once into a round gear blank. The gluing jigs get a bit unwieldy when there are no right angles! I assume you had similar difficulties.

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#2 posted 09-15-2011 08:44 AM

Interesting design. Looks nice. Will that be the newest kit?

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#3 posted 09-15-2011 02:13 PM

this is really a great knife holder. the wood combos are very nice. what’d you use as the finish? thnx

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

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#4 posted 09-15-2011 02:58 PM

Thanks Guys
To Charles—I will show how I did the glue up in another installment.
To TS—Too much work to offer this a kit
To Roger—I use 4 coats of wipe-on satin poly for the finish

-- Mike --

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