How to Make a Wooden Knife Block with Slots Part 1

What You'll Need
A block of red oak or solid maple wood
Primary block 5 1/4 x 3/4 -inch, 55 inches long
Primary end block 5 1/4 x 1/2 -inch, 12 inches long
80 grit sandpaper
120 grit sandpaper
220 grit sandpaper
Flathead wood screws (4)
Rubber feet of 1/4 x5/8-inch (4)
Hardware glue
A hand saw
A hand drill
Measuring tape
Wood chisel

One advantage of making a wooden knife block yourself is being able to cater to your own collection of favorite knives. If you try to purchase a knife block, you will find they are designed to fit sets of knives that are usually sold together with the block. Many amateur chefs have a set of knives which they have collected over a period of time and which they prefer to any others. The feel of a knife in your hand and how it cuts is more important than whether it fits into a particular set.

Step 1 – Choosing the Wood

This job needs a beautiful piece of wood because a wooden knife block can be a fine addition to a classy kitchen if it is made well. Using a solid maple or red oak wood will ensure you have the correct hardness and aesthetic appeal. These two woods come in strong colors with an interesting grain giving an effect of abstract patterning to your overall design.

Step 2 – Cutting the Wood and the Slots

The wood for the primary block must be cut to 5¼x¾-inch and 55 inches lnog. Divide this block into five equal pieces with your hand saw. At the same time cut two slots into each piece. Use the wood chisel to carve out any excess wood and aim for a ¼-inch depth. The distance between the end of the block and the slot must be equal. The slots should all be placed in the middle of each piece.

Step 3 – Making an Inventory of the Knives

At this point, make an inventory of your knives as the width of each slot will reflect which knife is to be stored where. Be careful to rank the knives so that the order in which they are placed is logical according to size or function. You don’t want to be caught with a handful of knives, trying every slot before giving up in frustration and throwing them all in a drawer somewhere. You can build the block to take every knife in the kitchen if you so wish from the bread knife, paring and chopping vegetable knives, a butcher’s knife, and even your hatchet,

Step 4 – Joining the Primary Blocks

You now need to take the 5 slotted primary blocks that you have prepared and join them together. Using the wood glue that you bought, spread a layer evenly on both surfaces and clamp them together overnight to dry. Protect the wood from the any patterning or pressure from the clamp surfaces by wrapping the block in a cloth before clamping. Wipe off any excess glue with a soft cloth.