In-Drawer Knife Block


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Whisperer is sponsored by Powermatic and Titebond. – In preparation for Christmas, I took a look at my mom’s Amazon wish list and noticed that she had
one of these on there. It’s just a simple bamboo
block that goes in a drawer for holding knives. Pretty cool idea. It costs a little bit over $20. Probably should have just bought it. But instead, I spent two days
making my version of that. So, take a look. So I’ve got room for 11 knives
of various shapes and sizes. And if I wanted to have more capacity, it’s pretty easy to add
more of these partitions. They’re actually held together
with sliding dovetails. And there’s just a little dovetail tenon that slides through and
holds everything together. Pretty easy to make. Now because I’m pretty much
ripping off a design here, I don’t really feel
good about giving plans, or drawings, or any kind
of templates for this. I didn’t use them. I just kind of hand drew
what I thought looked good. And I don’t think it’s that difficult. I think you can get the idea. But I will show you exactly how I made it. All right, let’s get to it. My neighbor was kind enough to share some of his leftover Brazilian
cherry flooring boards with me so I’ll use those, along with some American
cherry for contrast for the knife block ribs. Now I’ll mill everything flat and square. I’ll cut to width at the table saw, and then cut the final length
using a cross cut sled. With the pieces ganged together, I make sure they’re nice
and flush on the end. And then clamp them. I can make my dovetail slots on all of the pieces at once. And the slots will be perfectly aligned. But first, I wanna make some clearing cuts at the table saw. At the router table,
I’ll use a dovetail bit for the final slots. The dovetail key will be cut
from some flooring offcuts. The width is the max width
of the dovetail slot. And the thickness is
the height of the slot. This piece is pretty
small so it’s important to use a feather board. And do whatever you can
to keep your fingers away from the bit. The great thing about a sliding dovetail is that you don’t need to
adjust the height of the bit for the second cut. We’ll just dial in the fence position until the piece fits. It’s just a bit too snug. So I’ll take a few passes
over a piece of sandpaper on the table saw. Using a piece of scrap, I can make a template for the curves. I’m really just trying
to make it look similar to the one that my mom wants. Way to be creative Spags. The curves are then cut at the band saw and then smoothed at the spindle sander. I can then transfer the shape
to the rest of the ribs. Because it’s flooring, some of the Brazilian cherry has grooves that can be seen from the ends. So I’ll just glue in some strips. Flush them to the surface. And make sure that those sides face inward in the final arrangement. Now I can cut the curves
out at the band saw, keeping about a 16th of
an inch away from my line. I’ll use the blue tape CA glue trick that I learned from Crimson Custom Guitars to attach the template for
the flush trim routing. I place a piece of blue tape in the same spot on both pieces. Then put some thick CA glue on one side. The other side gets the activator. And when I press the pieces together, they are securely
connected within seconds. Double stick tape works too, but after years of dealing
with the tape creeping and with residue on
the surface afterwards, I’m now a big believer in this method. Check out how easy it is to clean up and set up for the next one. After rounding to shape, the parts are all sanded and
the edges are rounded over. For the knife slots, I’ll
make two cuts at the band saw with a magnet as a stop. The slot just isn’t wide enough with one cut so I’ll make a second cut that’s just slightly
offset from the first. To do the glue up, I’ll use
small spacers between each rib. As simple as this project is, the glue up can get pretty hairy. Water based glue causes wood to swell. So a sliding dovetail that
fits perfectly when dry may never go together when coated in glue. So I’ll work quickly and
use the glue sparingly. I’ll insert the center
dovetail key into the slot just to keep the pieces aligned. Now with glue in the outer slots, I can tap the outer keys in place. Once those are installed, I can insert the center key with glue. Once the glue dries, I
could use a flush trim saw to cut off the ends and sand
everything nice and smooth. (folk music) For the finish, I’m just
using spray can lacquer to provide a little bit of
protection and a nice look. With that, our knife block is done. Only think left to do is
take some pretentious photos in a nonsensical setting,
and post them on Instagram. Hashtag, be spoke. Hashtag, blessed.

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Reader Comments

  1. Carl Stone

    Absolutely love the garbage can spray booth!😂 probably not the takeaway you'd imagined for your video, but I'm always fascinated by the useful little things I learn when I'm originally watching for a whole other reason. Definitely going to give all my big cans an inside protective coat of overspray. Lolol

  2. Liam Lauren

    What were the bandsaw slots at the end for? It looked like he placed the knives in the empty spaces he created, not those slots. Is that just knife storage that he didn't show being used?

  3. Joe Oliver

    This video’s ending is awesome. So was the last video’s. Patented Spagnuolo sarcasm at its best! Great video as usual Marc. #bespoke #blessed

  4. Interactive Realm

    From the thumbnail I thought it looked a lot like an American flag.. with the different colored woods and the knife handles looked almost blue.. and that base is almost like a waving flag.. so perhaps thats an idea for someone else that maybe creates this project. Just enhance the red color and get blue handled knives. BTW I' make signs and other crafts and located in Surprise AZ.. started my channel almost a year ago.

  5. Janie Gonzalez

    Ohh yeeeah! First, a how to video on doubling up your drawer space and now an in-drawer knife block… Coincidence, maybe 🤷🏻‍♀️! Love, love, love!! Just in time for our kitchen reno. Keep em' coming boss!!

  6. Once Upon A Workbench

    Why buy something when you can just build it? It's why I don't go shopping anymore, just walk around thinking 'i could try and build that'

  7. The Wood Lab

    Love the ca glue/tape trick – been using it since I first saw you use it. Came out great and digging the photos from a nonsensical location lol! – Jim

  8. Woodworker Anonymous

    I recently rebuilt our kitchen cabinet drawers and doors. My wife wanted the same thing. Not only did I BUY it, I bought 2 so I could rip and glue together for a snug fit across the whole drawer width. Felt like a cheater, but the rest of the job was burying me.

  9. Cicero Monteiro

    If I'm correctly translating, Brazilian cherry (cerejeira) is not allowed to be cut down anymore (at least in Brazil) for 15 years or so. If that's the case you're pretty luck of having these boards. I still have some in my shop from an old bed frame I found, and I'm planning on making some nice frames with it. Very nice and rare wood.

  10. Ron Thureen

    I personally do not store my knives resting on their working surface. Nice looking project, but it places knives on their most delicate and critical surface. Kind of like a eyeglass holder that rests them of the lens.

  11. Arvin Brown

    What do you think about using the width of table saw blade instead of bandsaw for grooves? I think I’ll start designing the cutout profile for my Shapeoko cnc

  12. Keith DiSarno

    Wait, wait, wait..nobody has commented that your mother has an Amazon wishlist?!?! How do I, also, teach my mother to easily tell me what she wants for Christmas?!?!

  13. Jeremy Smith

    I was just thinking on a different approach instead of for the drawer. Adjust the curves to where they could hold the knife in an upright position and it could be mounted to the wall. I know this is not pleasing to some but in my parents house they use a magnet strip from harbor freight to hold theirs on the wall for easy access

  14. ModestMaking

    Ah the true mentality of a woodworker. "Why spend $20 on something that will get here tomorrow when I can use $50 worth of materials and take 2 weeks to do it?" We're all a little loonie like that though and I'm sure it means so much more to your mother this way. Cherish this.

  15. tunin tunin

    Thousands and thousands dollars worth of tools for a 10 dollar worth knife block. I would like to see you make something with basic tools like most of us out htere.

  16. Brad Spring

    the problem with your knife holder you made is the sharp side hits the wood. I was taught this dulls the knife edge. you never forget when a woman tells you not to put the knife in that way

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