Well, I have been leeching this site for over two years and I'm finally comming out of the woodwork for (ironically) the Craftsman contest. My grandfather was a Craftsman Man, and I am too, and it intrigued me enough to enter a submission.

My girlfriend's birthday was approaching and I wanted to make her something really nice, unique, and inexpensive. This project has a significant price range, depending on how much equipment/tools a person already has.

This design is fantastic. I have seen the concept floating around the internet. While traditional blocks offer solidarity, a very sterile and precise look, this skewer design offers extreme flexibility and is able to be deep cleaned, a very tedious experience for a solid block. As your knife collection shrinks and grows, this block can accomodate any variation.

I should have seen this comming, given the bamboo, but the block ends up having a slight asian feel to it, and since we both appreciate that, it was an added bonus.

These instructions are most helpful to beginners and casual craftsman. The elite woodworkers and SuperNoobs won't find this too helpful.

Disclaimer: There may be abundant compliments to Craftsman, but I assure you it is not an attempt to win the contest. I am a fan, and have genuine opinions about the company.

Step 1: Supplies and Tools

You will need:


I used 1 6ft plank of pine 6 inches wide by 3/4in thick . Your exact lumber needs will depend on your specific knife block. My block was 10.5 in high, 6in wide (on all 4 sides.) I chose these dimensions based on 1) maximum anticipated length of knives to be owned and 2) ease of buying the lumber I did. I beleive the board cost me around 7 dollars from Home Depot.

Bamboo Skewers. LOTS . I could not believe how much this project's cost began to inflate after buying the skewers. I spent around $35 on them. Don't be discouraged, I seriously miscalculated my needs and upped my order to get a discount. I ordered about 3000, and ended up using 1000? 1200 tops. I did extensive searching and the best place I found is here: http://www.webstaurantstore.com/10-bamboo-skewer-100-bag/48510SKEW.html
 Plan to spend $2.00 to $2.50 in the store per 100 skewers. Make sure you are aware of the length and thickness of the ones you order. You want the block top to be slightly taller than your long pointies.

Tools: Here's where it gets good.

I have a crappy work surface so clamps are my lifeblood. I use these from Craftsman. http://www.craftsman.com/shc/s/p_10155_12602_00931482000P? you are going to replicate this project exactly, get a size bigger because these don't quite clamp the larger dimensions of the block.

Power Drill. A light weight one will be fine for this project.

Power Palm Sander. My grandfather used the one in the photo when I was a kid. He has since passed away, but the sander still sands. This is what they have today. http://www.craftsman.com/shc/s/p_10155_12602_00911177000P?vName=Power+Tools+%26+Equipment&keyword=sander&prdNo=22&blockNo=22&blockType=L22

Sand Paper. Ranging from 120-600. The higher you go, the better and better it gets.
Finish. Not pictured, its up to you. I used simple polyeurethane. Paint or stain will work great as well.

Power Sabre Saw. Unless you're really good with a hand saw. This is mine http://www.craftsman.com/shc/s/p_10155_12602_00902190000P?vName=Power+Tools+%26+Equipment&cName=Power+Tools&keyword=sabre+saw&prdNo=4&blockNo=4&blockType=L4

Combination Square. Absolutely necessary unless you want a crooked unsqyared behemouth.

1in Brass Wood Screws are what I used, though brass are for show. Regular will work fine.
Wood Putty.
Paint Brush.
1/8th in Drill Bit and Phillips Drive Bit.
I forgot, a 1/4in bit as well, or anything big enough to sink the screws you are using.


<p>This solves all my problems in one swoop!</p><p>I have a odd-bin collection of kitchen knives and the &quot;bought with the knives&quot; block no longer suit my needs. </p><p>I postponed making a custom block as the collection seems to alter every few years as knives come and go. Looking for a slot that will fit the knife is such a drudge too. Now you can just plonk the knife in anywhere.</p><p>I have placed an order to have the box parts laser cut from 3mm plywood. Will post my pictures as soon as it is finished.</p><p>Thanks again for a great idea!</p>
Hey, great 'ible! I'm about to make the move from 'lurking' to 'doing' too! <br>One little flaw that makes no difference to how you make it - what you call the sabre saw, is actually a jigsaw, and the little handy tool for cutting parallel lines is called a fence. <br>Keep it up!!
<p>Technically a saber saw is an equally accepted term to jigsaw, but it is misleading because some people use the term to refer to a reciprocating saw/ Sawzall (which in of itself is actually a whole class of saws encompassing both and a Milwaukee brand name respectively)</p><p>TL;DR Tools have lots of names which are not well standardized</p><p>Good Luck Posting!</p>
FYI: Auto supply stores carry sandpaper from around 400 grit all the way to 2500-4000 grit depending where you go. It'll be in the auto-body section. 1500 grit will make it shine! I'm hoping to make a couple of these for friends this spring and I think I'm going to use some hard maple and finish it with tung oil.
Thank you for publishing after lurking for several years. I hope you will publish more Instructables. It is easy to think you have nothing to share, but little by little you get an idea or notice a project from years past and decide to document it with an Instructable. <br><br>You have an interesting concept with sticking the knife blades into the skewers. It makes your knife block very flexible for adding a new knife of any size. You can also replace any skewers that become frayed. Most knife blocks I have seen come with pre-cut slots and do not allow much in the way of changes later. But, that is not a big problem if the knives are of a good quality and will last many years.
Exactly. I plan to do some more in the future.
This is very nice and I would love to have one but all I can do is wish. My husband has been very ill and getting him to do something like this is completely out of the question and I would cut my fingers off if I even tried. LOL Good luck in the contest and your entry is the very first I have viewed. I am saving yours because I do believe it will get my vote on the ease and the outcome of the project. Also maybe if I show this design to my Son-in-law or my Son I may get lucky enough to have one. Thanks for sharing!
I am sorry to hear that but I appreciate the compliments! Thank you!
.They have something just like this called a kapoosh.
Yes, I encountered that one while researching knife blocks to buy. I heard alot of good things about it, except for the rods can sliced up fairly easy and lose tiny pieces. Much like the bamboo except the bamboo is easier ot replace.

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