Easy-to-Build Knife Block
Display your kitchen cutlery in style with
this handsome knife block. It's fast, easy
and fun to build, and includes a 6-in.-wide
storage box for a knife sharpener.
To build one, you only need a 3/4-in. x 8-in. x 4-ft.
hardwood board and a 6-in. x 6-1/2-in. piece of 1/4-in.
hardwood plywood to match.
Begin by cutting off a 10-in. length of the board and setting
it aside. Rip the remaining 38-in. board to 6 in. wide and cut five
evenly spaced saw kerfs 5/8 in. deep along one face. Crosscut the
slotted board into four 9-in. pieces and glue them into a block, being
careful not to slop glue into the saw kerfs (you can clean them out with
a knife before the glue dries). Saw a 15-degree angle on one end and
screw the plywood piece under the angled end of the block.
Cut the 6-1/2-in. x 3-in. lid from the leftover board, and slice the
remaining piece into 1/4-in.-thick pieces for the sides and end of the box.
Glue them around the plywood floor. Cut a rabbet on three sides of the lid
so it fits snugly on the box and drill a 5/8-in. hole for a finger pull. Then
just add a finish and you're set for years of happy carving!