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Blog series by wdkits1 updated 984 days ago 5 parts 9327 reads 12 comments total

Part 1: Let The Fun Begin

1044 days ago by wdkits1 | 4 comments »

Hi everyoneAs 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 t...

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Part 2: The Sides

1043 days ago by wdkits1 | 2 comments »

The sides of the knife blocks consist of 5 pieces of bookmatched walnut, maple and cherry 3/8” thick and 13 1/2” long which was determined by the length of the longest knife blade .I sized the 4/4” rough lumber to pieces that are 5 1/4” wide x 15” long and jointed one edge and one face and set the bandsaw up for resawing.Once all of the resawing is done,a few trips through the planer gets everything to 3/8.” Both block sides consists of 2 walnut, 2 maple ...

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Part 3: Lots of glue-ups

991 days ago by wdkits1 | 1 comment »

One of the biggest challenges of making 25 of anything is being consistent with all of the measurements and finding ways to do glue-ups efficiently. The sides of the blocks all have to be the same size on the top dimension so when the fronts are attached everything matches up. I found out that while doing the jointing on the angled pieces of the sides, the tips of the pieces would bow slightly which meant that a little work was necessary to get all 5 pieces to fit properly. A few pas...

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Part 4: So many inlays!!!

990 days ago by wdkits1 | 3 comments »

Each of the knife blocks gets a quarter circle bloodwood inlay on each side where the ends of the side pieces come together. On the prototype I made a jig to use a 2” forstner bit to cut an 1/8” deep recess for the inlay but the client wanted the inlay bigger so I bought a 3” forstner bit for the production blocks. The jig works great and drilling the 1/8” recesses went very well. Just a matter of loading the side piece into the jig, clamping in place and dri...

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Part 5: Lots of Slots

984 days ago by wdkits1 | 2 comments »

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 s...

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