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Forum topic by Mark2457 posted 12-01-2016 01:00 PM 766 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-01-2016 01:00 PM

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Hi All

Made a custom two tier kitchen drawer insert and each level is pretty shallow (about 1.5 inch). I’d like to make something like this for my chef’s knife. I have table saw, jig-saw (but hate using it) and router (under table and handheld). I currently don’t own a bandsaw, but am thinking of getting one soon (grizzly G0555LX?)

I’m thinking of making a 3×2 “grid” system with three 12×2” inserts and three 6×2” inserts for small knives, so I can replace/add new inserts when needed

I could use wood, but may use some synthetic material so it’s easy to add/replace knives a year later and maintain a color match

My initial thought is

  1. trace each knife shape on thin wood
  2. use jig saw/band saw to cut out shape (cut slightly smaller?)
  3. sand smooth
  4. use this shape as a router template for the insets




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#1 posted 12-01-2016 02:14 PM

Nice. Lots of work. I’m guessing you want a template to use a router bit with a top bearing? I like useing Masonite. It’s a bit thin but I think it’s easier to shape than 1/2” material. If useing the Masonite, to be able to use the bearing, I would hog out the depth staying close to the line, then scoot it over to the template. Hmm, maybe 1/2” would be better? You may need a couple of bits with different lengths.

Another suggestion is to place template on and jigsaw completely through close to your line then use the router to clean up the edges and attach a bottom to it. Much easier and no one would see it.

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#2 posted 12-01-2016 03:35 PM

Use 1/4 Masonite for your template. Or, if you want to keep the templates and use them a lot more in the future, get 1/4 plexiglass…


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#3 posted 12-02-2016 12:48 AM

thanks guys. Like the idea of using the jigsaw and cutting all the way through. I have a decent bosch JS470E jigsaw but have terrible problems following a line and it always seems to cut on an angle. Maybe I just need more practice :-)

Any tips on jigsaw use/blade selection?

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#4 posted 12-02-2016 02:28 PM

You don’t want to cut to the line. Just get close. An 1/8” or so. Just watch it on the tight curves. The router and template will clean it up. You should be fine with a small router.

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#5 posted 12-02-2016 04:23 PM

I’ve done a custom tool tray before. I traced
the tools on a piece of masonite and jigsawed
the shapes out. Then I refined the sawn shapes
using files.

After that I used an overarm router, but the
principle would work with a router guide bushing
if you made the patterns oversized. Making
a tracing ovesized by say 1/8” is a simple matter
of taking a 1/4” spacer and putting a hole for
your pencil in the middle… a button may work,
though the holes are off-center so you’d have
to compensate in your tracing method.

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