Greene & Greene Knife Block

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Project by CaptainSkully posted 10-14-2009 07:22 AM 6045 views 19 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My buddy (in real life), Eric sent me these plans a couple of months ago. I took a day “off” and decided to whip one out. I laid out my own dimensions from some scrap mahogany and went to town making my G&G finger joints. I wasn’t as accurate as I wanted, but I learned enough to make my pending sofa table project much better than if that had been my first shot. I can’t tell you what a kinesthetic delight it was to round over the edges of the finger joint by hand to give it that nice, random, hand-crafted look.

This was also my first time using real ebony plugs. It smells like fermenting wine. A tung oil finish and a few hundred bamboo skewers with the pointy ends nipped off and tucked cut-side-down into the box. The knives fit nicely, and there’s no wear and tear on the edges. This could also double as some kind of vase or pencil holder as needed.

I can’t wait to start on Darrell Peart’s Aurora sofa table now! Mahogany is so pleasant to work with.

-- You can't control the wind, but you can trim your sails

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#1 posted 10-14-2009 07:53 AM

It looks super fun.

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#2 posted 10-14-2009 11:24 AM

Beautiful joinery.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#3 posted 10-14-2009 12:02 PM

looks great good job…love the G&G style

-- Todd, Oak Ridge, TN, Hello my name is Todd and I'm a Toolholic, I bought my last tool 10 days, no 4 days, oh heck I bought a tool on the way here! †

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#4 posted 10-14-2009 01:41 PM

What a great idea for a starter G and G project.

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#5 posted 10-14-2009 02:28 PM

very nice, great looking knife block. The ebony really sets it off.

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#6 posted 10-14-2009 03:47 PM

Great design! I like the look of this alot, good job!

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#7 posted 10-14-2009 05:16 PM

cool idea

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#8 posted 10-14-2009 05:39 PM

I forgot to mention one boo boo that everybody needs to avoid when doing G&G. Don’t glue the finger joint. I know it sounds crazy, but if you make the fingers tight, the glue will squeeze out. If you back-bevel the chiseled edges, there’s no wood to glue to. Use screws to pull the assembly together and plug them. I did it all wrong, and there’s glue in the joints I can’t get out, and my assembly didn’t end up as tight as it should be.

-- You can't control the wind, but you can trim your sails

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#9 posted 10-14-2009 08:03 PM

Well done. It looks like a fun project.

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#10 posted 10-14-2009 11:02 PM

Nice. Oozes with the G&G look. God idea with the bamboos.

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#11 posted 10-16-2009 05:49 AM

very cool…

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#12 posted 10-24-2009 01:03 PM

that’s frigging awesome.

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#13 posted 10-26-2009 06:45 PM

Nice holder and good warning. Now my wife is interested in one, as if I needed another project at this moment :D

I always attributed the smell of Baygon (a pesticide) to ebony, perhaps because I’ve never smelled fermenting wine.

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#14 posted 08-15-2010 09:35 AM

Beautiful functional little piece! I have seen these blocks filled with Bamboo Skewers, that would be a good look but likely a bit more pricey than the straws ;)

I have become obsessed with the G&G style over the past few months. I have even started to try to work out how I can take a couple of Darrell Peart’s classes over at the Port Townsend School of Woodworking. I am planning to build G&G Blanket Chest but this looks like a great started project. The tip on screwing not screwing really helps as I tried making a sample joint and the glue was a disaster. Great job I really like the projects you have posted here on LJ’s.

Do you know where I can find the plans for this little beauty? Talking about killing 2 birds, we desperately need a Knife Block, & I need a project to test out my G&G skills on. I would be very grateful if you could point me in the direction of the plans you used.



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#15 posted 09-07-2010 04:49 AM

Great looking knife block.
There’s a company called Kapoosh that has started making these and selling them commercially…here’s their youtube video.

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