DIY Wooden Knife Block Set
Here I show you how to make your own easy wooden knife block set. This can be made with your own existing knives and is a great tidy solution in the kitchen. You could also make it as a personalised gift for foodie friends and family.
Prep Time2 hrs
Cook Time2 hrs
Total Time4 hrs
Servings: 1 knife block set
Straight imperial router bit
Cross cut saw or hand saw
Sand pad (or sand paper and block)
Your own knives
Protective sheet to catch glue drips
First, measure the length of your longest knife, then add a 3cm or more
Cut your strips with a chop saw or hand saw, making sure you have one per knife, plus another piece for the end.
Put your gloves on and place one of your knife's blade in the centre while the handle rests along the top edge. Or, make sure all the handles line up, making them as central as possible. See in notes above for measuring tips.
Then carefully draw around the knife with a pencil.
Repeat on all but the final end strip, then number your strips in side order. Note, you only need to draw on one side of the strip.
Now set up your router's router bit to the same depth as the thickness of each knife. Note, you may need to adjust the depth for each knife.
Then clamp the strip to a work surface and carve out the inside of your pencil lines for each knife. Don't worry about it being messy, although you'll want the top edge needs to look smart.
Lay a rag down, then glue the non-carved sections on the pieces that have blades routered out. Don't be too heavy handed with the glue as you don't want any running in to the carved area.
Then line all the numbers up and clamp together while also using a flat surface to rest your strips on. This should help line everything up evenly.
Wipe off any excess glue and leave overnight to dry.
Release the clamps and sand any protrusions or glue.
Treat with food grade oil by brushing over, then leave for 20 minutes and remove with a lint free cloth.
Then every hour, add another coat if desired. I just did the two.
Finally, add some foam pads or glue dots underneath to help protect your worktop.