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I originally learned of this style of knife block from this site. While reading the comments on his page I stumbled across this site (there are some nice pieces in there) and that was when I decided I needed to make one of these myself.
I used Sketchup to get some ideas down and then made a quick prototype to ensure that the knives would stay in place with a 45 degree angle and to ensure that the size looked right in the kitchen.
I've used Maple and Walnut on this piece, finished with a couple coats of Watco's Danish Oil, I'll be applying two coats of poly or varathane in a couple days. There are over 1800 skewers in the main section alone. The bottom section is for steak knives and as a last minute addition I decided to add the slot for a pair of scissors.
I had grossly underestimated the amount of fiddling around that walnut trim was going to cause. If I were to make another one of these I think I would simplify the design, maybe use nicer wood rather than try to design interesting elements into it. I really struggled with all the mitres, cutting them accurately was easy enough but getting them to stay in place while clamping was a real challenge (and I really don't like challenges or surprises after I've applied glue to wood).

Here it is with a few knives in it…


Thanks for looking, Devin.

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If that is you "struggling with miters," I can't imagine what you could make when you weren't "struggling."

Great job. I love it! Very cool!
 

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Wow, that's a fantastic looking knife block. I've seen this concept in the store, but with some ugly plastic inside (and much much lower craftsmanship). I never would have thought of using skewers, it really gives it a nice look.
Great job!!!
 

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Hi Devin;

Great job on this. Beautiful workmanship.

Lee
 

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hmmmm, christmas is coming up soon… tihnk I might just have to make a few of those . Are the Skewers attatched at the bottom or is it simply friction holding them in?
 

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Thanks for the nice comments everyone…
Ned, the skewers are simply friction fit in. I think I'll have to remove a few of them since once the knives start to add up things get a little too tight. Also important to note is that a few of the skewers sometimes follow a knife part way out of the block. Not a big deal, just push them back in with the flat side of the knife. While trying to think of how to attach the skewers at the base but still allow them the movement they needed, a friend of mine suggested a thin film silicone at the base. If it becomes a pain pushing skewers back in I may try this approach.
 

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Awesome idea and beautifully made : )
 

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that is cool!!!!!!!! at first I was wondering how it worked and wanted to see knives…but the links are great…going in the favorites for a future project!!!

WELCOME TO LJ's!!!!!!!!!
 

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Cool. I saw something similar in the Lee Valley flyer that I just got. Very nice idea. I have a lot of nice kitchen knives, but they are by different manufacturers. This sort of block is a fantastic solution to the odd set issue. As an added bonus you never have to go looking for shrimp skewers at the last minute :)
 

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I'm glad you took the time to get all the fiddling right because the design of the trim came out really nice. This is really nice.
 

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That's a great idea.

Very nice job!
 

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Devin - great looking knife block. I'm going to be building a knife block in the near future, so I'll definitely consider this approach. BTW- glad to see you are considering building a Crokinole board, be sure to post the final results if you decide to do it!
 

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I was looking to build a knife block to go with a cutting board and was planning to custom make each slot for my knives, but this is an idea i may have to try. thanks for sharing and nice work.
 

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You've just given me a great idea for a "request" I had to build a knife block once I get my shop up and running….very, very nice design.
 

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Thanks John, it's become a very well used part of our kitchen…AND I didn't have to fuss around with cutting little slots and laminating pieces together to fit particular knives.
 

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Great job Devin…I'm amazed at the ideas that people come up with. This site is loaded with them.
Very nice!

Vinnie
 

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I've seen similar versions in a store with the plastic 'scewers' the look didn't turn me on but this really does. Great job! I've added to my favorites as I will try this one day as well. Thanks for posting.
 

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Well done looks great and very unique
 

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That's a mighty "Sharp" knife holder.
Do any plans exist?
 

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Hey Larry, thanks for comment. I don't have any real plans, I did sketch a bit and built a prototype before starting in on the real one.
 

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Woo..,
Great job, very beautiful workmanship.
 
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