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Knife Block In Maple And Walnut

author-gravatar skeys Sep 30, 2017

I saw a picture of a knife block similar to this one and really liked it. I get tired of the standard knife blocks that all look alike. I've made a couple of them before and I thought I'd share this one. I don't have a lot of pictures, since I didn't start doing this with the intent of posting it. Also, please forgive the crummy camera work.

The front of the finished piece.

This is the first picture I have of this. To get to here, I dressed out 8/4 maple to 1 7/8" x 3 3/8" x 11". Then I used a jig to cut it on the diagonal.

I ended up with these.

I cut some walnut to 1/4" thick x a bit more than 5/16".

I ran some rabbets along the edges of the pieces that were just a bit more than 1/32". Just enough to give me something to keep the walnut dividers in place. I also routed a place for a steel using a core box bit and cut the slot for the two center dividers. Then I cut the walnut to the right length.

Time to slather on some glue. I used a ratcheting strap as the main clamping pressure, the others just keep the walnut seated tight against the rabbet.

The walnut was a bit proud of the maple. I cleaned up one side to get it flat, then ran the whole block through a planer.

I knew I wouldn't be able to get the center dividers all the way through the block and get a tight fit at both the front and back, so I cut them in half, then planed a slight taper on them and tapped one piece in from each side

I drew the final shape and cut it out at the band saw. Then I sanded it.

After a couple of coats of mineral oil and beeswax, it's ready to go. Here it is in it's natural habitat,

Well, that's really all there is. Thanks for looking, and I hope you like it.

1 comment

Wow thats an awesome design! I really like it.

Thanks for sharing

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