How to Make a Kitchen Knife Block Part 2 How to Make a Kitchen Knife Block Part 2

What You'll Need
Block of wood
Paper and pencil
Hand drill

Building a kitchen knife block is a relatively simple woodworking project. Your final result will be both stylish and functional, and you can personalize and customize it according to your needs and preferences. Follow the steps below to complete the knife block you began in Part 1 of this guide.

Step 1 - Mark the Slots

Use a pencil to mark the slots where you will be inserting the knives. If you like, measure the blades on knives you haves so you can be sure to accommodate the ones you want to store.

Step 2 - Carve Inside the Slots

Use a wood chisel to carve the excess wood beneath the slots you marked so that you will be able to insert the blades of the respective knives. This process may take a bit of time, but it is important to do it as neatly as possible. For the bigger knives, you will have to remove more wood and carve from way down the block, which might be a bit difficult. In such cases, you can use the blade of a knife so as to get further below a bit more easily.

Step 3 - Sand the Wood

Use sandpaper to sand the wood, especially in the areas where you made use of the saw and the chisel. Make the wood feel and look as smooth as possible. When the sanding process is ready remove all the excess dust particles created by wiping the wood block clean with a damp cloth.

Step 4 - Paint the Wood

If you like, you can opt to paint your kitchen knife block a particular color or stain the wood. You may wish to make your piece match or complement the other accessories or decorative items in your kitchen, or you may just want to seal and stain the wood for protection. Once you have painted the wood with a small paintbrush, make sure to let it completely dry.

Step 5 - Glue Together

Use wood glue to fix all the wood blocks or parts together according to the design you sketched in Part 1. Make sure that they stick well by keeping them pressed firmly together. It is recommended to  use good quality glue that will hold up to frequent use. Leave to dry well overnight or even for a few days.

Step 6 - Fix with Clamps and Screws

For better fastening, you can also use screws and clamp loose blocks together. This will enable better closures in smaller areas where glue might not be able to stick well.

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