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The old silverware and knife drawer needed serious attention. I made a new one.

The first photo shows the end result, a silverware organizer with two levels of knife slides above it - one for heavy cutlery, and the other for paring knives and steak knives.

The second photo shows what needed the serious attention. The knives were mostly thrown in together meaning their edges were bound to get banged up, requiring more sharpening. The solution avoids the blades ever making contact with other metal when they are in their proper place. I hope we can keep a keen edge longer on our kitchen cutlery.

The third photo shows the drawer box. Half inch Baltic birch plywood, dadoed out for a 3/8" Baltic birch bottom. I dovetailed the corners and rounded over the top edge of the box.

The fourth photo shows the silverware organizer itself.

In the fifth image I'm doing the layout for the heavy cutlery slide. I cut paper to the right size, set the knives in place and traced the handles and blades. Once the template was ready I mounted it with spray adhesive to a 3/8" maple glue-up, then cut out the handles recesses with my scroll saw.

Picture six shows the carving of the finger recesses in progress. I removed most of the waste with bench chisels and gouges. Then, I finalized the shape and profile with a sanding drum on a Dremel. The final surface resulted from sanding through the grits from 60 to 320.

I finished all the organizer surfaces with butcher block conditioner and elbow grease.

Have a great day, Lumberjocks.

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Nice job! The "before" picture looks like our silverware drawer. Thanks for the inspiration to do something about it!
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Very inspirational and nicely done. Good thing you had a deep enough drawer.
 

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Great job
 

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Thanks a lot folks.

Michigander, add a drawer remake to your list of to-do projects.

Northwest29, If the drawer opening had been too shallow, I would have made the back of the lower level to hold knives and boxed up some of our silverware. I think we have at least 24 pieces of each type. Even though the drawer was deep enough, I really did have to play with stock thicknesses for the bottoms of the drawer and trays and the height of the bottom level organizer to make it all fit pleasantly.

Thanks, Hoss. Hey, in your photo there are two people. Are you the large burly-looking one in the back, or the not quite as burly-looking one in the front?
 

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Russ,

I was really proud of my knife drawer until I saw yours!! I would have to leave the drawer open for company to see if mine looked like yours!

Here's my knife drawer:


It works, but it's no match for yours!!

L/W
 

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That is a real nice setup. I love organizational projects!!
 

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Thanks Jim. Having good storage which protects the cutting surfaces saves a lot of time, too.

None of these are great knives, but a keeping a good edge on a marginal knife can make it a passable utensil.

I really like the knife organizer that lightweightladylefty showed above, too. What she implemented is almost exactly what I imagined initially. My main reason for opting for the way I did do it, was that I really wanted to try out various carving techniques. To complete the carving I used scroll saw, hand saw, various gouges, bench chisels, carving knives, Dremel tool, and router.

Have a great day.
 

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I wonder if my drawers are deep enough to do the same?
 
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