Knife block

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Project by Dave Polaschek posted 07-03-2018 12:17 AM 1305 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My sweetie had her kitchen knives just rattling around loose in a drawer. Drove me a little nuts, and they were always dull. So I made her a block that will hold them in the drawer in front of the silverware tray.

Nothing too fancy. Just 11 strips of cherry sandwiching ten strips of maple, glue together, then cut square, planed, rasped, filed, and sanded smooth. Coat of BLO, a dose of sunshine, and three quick coats of platina shellac.

The cherry is oriented end-grain up, which wasn’t the simplest way to make this, but it ended up pretty, and the darker end-grain is a better match for her kitchen.

I also discovered that “bargain” sandpaper from the hardware store lasts about 1/8 as long as the good sandpaper from the internet, so I need to remember to keep the good stuff on hand, rather than running out and buying cheap stuff.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#1 posted 07-03-2018 12:30 AM

Nice work, bet you made the chef happy.

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#2 posted 07-03-2018 02:19 AM

Very Nice and Well Done Dave!


-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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#3 posted 07-03-2018 04:06 AM

If it stops the rattle, keeps you sane and the sweetie is happy, how can you loose. Nice job Dave.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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Dave Polaschek

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#4 posted 07-03-2018 10:09 AM

Thanks, Dave.

Thanks, Rick.

Tom, I’m more the chef than my sweetie is, and once I get all the knives resharpened, I’ll be happy. She saw my prototype (above) when I was testing the fit and spacing of the knives and thought she was going to get something fairly plain, and was wowed yesterday to see the end-grain of the cherry. “That’s much prettier than I expected!”

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#5 posted 07-03-2018 01:14 PM

Nicely done Dave. The endgrain does look nice :-))

-- I collect hobbies. There is no sense in limiting yourself (Don W) - - - - - - - - Kenny in SW VA

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Dave Polaschek

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#6 posted 07-03-2018 01:29 PM

Thanks, Ken.

I got word this morning that I made it about 3/16” too tall, so I’m going to have to trim a little off the bottom before it’s done done, but that should go pretty quickly, even with a hand saw.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#7 posted 07-03-2018 04:39 PM

Nice knife rack.

I have found that cheap sandpaper is usually not worth even taking out of the store. The exception that I have found is H-F sanding belts; they are actually as long lasting as the ones that cost triple the price. Having had wonderful luck with their belts, I tried their sandpaper—-OOOOPPPPSSS!! Just a bad as the $ Tree stuff!

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#8 posted 07-03-2018 05:41 PM

Thanks, Ralph.

Yeah, I was out of good 80 grit, and trying to plane the end grain without putting supports between the pieces wasn’t going to work, so I figured some hardware store sandpaper was better than making a mess of things. I guess it was, but just barely.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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