Picture of Bamboo Knife Block

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.

Hey, great 'ible! I'm about to make the move from 'lurking' to 'doing' too!
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.
Keep it up!!

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)

TL;DR Tools have lots of names which are not well standardized

Good Luck Posting!

phish8144 years ago
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.
Phil B4 years ago
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.

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.
jliken (author)  Phil B4 years ago
Exactly. I plan to do some more in the future.
kutedymples4 years ago
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!
jliken (author)  kutedymples4 years ago
I am sorry to hear that but I appreciate the compliments! Thank you!
.They have something just like this called a kapoosh.
jliken (author)  clonetrooper134 years ago
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.