Custom Knife Blocks #5: Lots of Slots

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Blog entry by wdkits1 posted 11-14-2011 03:59 AM 2147 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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The fronts of each block consists of 5 pieces of 3/4”stock cut to precisely the same size and all cut at a 9 degree angle on each end. Each of these sections have different slots for different size blades so a set of templates were made to use for consistency and to speed up the process.

Simply a matter of tracing the slots onto the blanks. I used a piece of sticky back label paper on the walnut blanks but traced straight on the maple and cherry

In order to cut the slots on the scrollsaw a 1/16 ” pilot hole is drilled in each location.

After all of the holes are drilled for one full set, it’s over to the scroll saw to begin the fun. I used a # 5 skip tooth blade which works good on thicker stock. I soon found out that a sequence was needed for cutting. I could cut all of the slots for one block with one blade if I cut the maple first then the cherry and finally the walnut. Take your time and stay on the line.

It wasn’t worth trying to get more cuts from a blade in this 3/4” stock. Blades are cheap.

After 3 days and 25 blades I got all 350 slots done.Now THAT was fun stuff.

Next session will be more glue -ups—-stay tuned!!!

-- Mike --

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#1 posted 12-14-2011 07:40 PM

these things must cost a fortune..all this work…paid is paid though

-- Life is enjoyable especially when you borrow from people

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#2 posted 07-24-2012 05:13 PM


-- _Never argue with an idiot. They'll just drag you down to their level and beat you with experience_

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