Knife Drawer Block

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Project by Matt (Upper Cut) posted 04-08-2008 06:27 AM 20723 views 6 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Hey all,

Working on this design in SketchUp for storing knives in a drawer. The idea is that large knives go on the bottom and smaller knives go on top. The slots, and therefore the handles, will be staggered. This should hold plenty of knives.

I’m thinking of making this out of baltic birch, first gluing the big bottom knife block to the bottom, then cutting slots on the table saw. Then gluing the smaller block on top, and cutting the staggered slots.

Any ideas on producing this, tips, suggestions, etc are appreciated. I promise to post a set of pictures and my experience when done.

-- Matt Gradwohl, Upper Cut Woodworks,

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#1 posted 04-08-2008 09:09 AM

It looks like you’ve got a good idea for storing your knives. I did something similar for a small drawer (9¾” wide). I resawed the base to about ¼” thick and glued it to the thicker top (they varied between ¾” and 2”). I used oak and cut the grooves on the tablesaw.

knife drawer

The section in the front holds paring knives. The right section holds chef knives and also has an enlarged opening at the top for the knife sharpener (an additional knife can be stored below it). The left is actually two separate sections that just stack. We’ve been pleased with how this has worked out. It holds 22 knives altogether. I made quick work of it by finishing it with Bri-Wax.

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#2 posted 04-08-2008 03:45 PM

Hey Matt,

Great idea… my wife and I are getting ready to put new cabinets in the kitchen. This would be a great way to store knives and create more counter space. Please post updates as you progress.

-- Brian, Washington

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#3 posted 04-11-2008 08:55 PM

Hey Matt,

I was thumbing through a kitchen cabinet catalog the other day and noticed a steak knife drawer. It was nothing more than a block of wood with slits for the blades, but it appeared to have a layer of cork underneath the knives. Maybe the thought is that it’s best for the blades to be resting on a softer surface such as cork then on a hardwood. Just thought I’d pass the observation along.


-- Brian, Washington

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#4 posted 01-29-2015 07:06 PM

This is great! I have a kitchen drawer that is pretty dicey with all the knives rattling about. This would clean it up nicely!

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