Knife Holder Contemporary/Modern Design

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Project by Russell Eck posted 02-05-2015 01:16 AM 13735 views 15 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Finished my knife holder finally! It is made out of Bubinga with a Wenge trim around the bottom. I used acrylic glass on each side to hold the knives. I used some aluminum standoffs to create the gaps between the acrylic and wood. I wanted to rivet them on but decided against it if I ever want to open it and clean the inside. Finished with Tried and True oil, Sealcoat shellac, and finally 4 coats of General finishes HP Polyacrylic.

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#1 posted 02-05-2015 12:57 PM

Interesting design, looks good.

-- Chris K

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#2 posted 02-05-2015 04:26 PM

I like it! What a great way to show off if you have a nice set, or in practical pusposes, being able to see a knife at a glance, rather than try to remember by handle.

-- Respect your shop tools and they will respect you - Ric

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#3 posted 02-05-2015 04:58 PM

as i once cared a LOT about the sharpness of my knives (worked in some very fine kitchens), do me one favor and make sure the edges are not touching metal. I see your chef’s knife is hitting, or appears to be hitting that other knife.

metal-metal contact is why knives get dull, faster than anything else, and why, anyone reading this, you should NOT put knives in the dishwasher UNLESS there is a designated place that keeps them seperated and away from glass or ceramics.

sorry, now let me jump down off my box. it looks nice, and should take up much less room than a traditional block.

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#4 posted 02-05-2015 05:49 PM

Very Nice Project…. Simple but elegant…. Thank you so much for sharing….

-- Rick.... Fort Worth, Texas

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#5 posted 02-05-2015 05:53 PM

Jeff, I agree about metal on metal. My first thought was about that, and how it could still look nice with thin wood dividers between the knife blades.

-- Respect your shop tools and they will respect you - Ric

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#6 posted 02-06-2015 12:11 AM

Nice design and execution.

I was thinking the same as JeffinLSMO about the knives inevitably knocking against one another.

A fix might be to route knife specific sized channels into your block of Bubinga, giving protection to each knife and eliminated the need for aluminum spacers. This would also allow you to angle the block for a more convenient grab.

I was thinking the same as you about using screws for the acrylic to make cleaning easier or replacing the acrylic if it gets scratched over time.

-- A woodsman was once asked, “What would you do if you had just five minutes to chop down a tree?” He answered, “I would spend the first two and a half minutes sharpening my axe.”

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#7 posted 02-06-2015 12:14 AM

The only reason the knifes are touching was because I carried it over from the table and they moved, but thanks for your concern haha! I do indeed know that metal on metal is extremely bad. I actually like your suggestion fellednhewn, one problem I have run into is that if the transition to the handle isnt horizontal and has an angle the knives like to tilt in the holder, so I need to come up with something to keep them more in place

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