Introduction: Knife Cover
If you have any knifes at all , along with some thin scrap wood, this will probably help you out.
Your knifes should always be sharp , but that also means you need to be careful storing them.
I decided to make a cover for my knife because i use it for everything in the kitchen , and its my only kitchen knife so i thought a knife block would be a bit pointless!
This is just something quick and easy , but really useful to have for not just kitchen knifes but any knives.
As always I hope you enjoy.
Step 1: Outline & 1st Cut
To make this all i used was some thin scrap wood.
Making sure the wood was thin enough to rip in half , i traced the shape of the blade on the outside of the wood so later i knew where not to cut.
Then i just ripped it in half carefully as its a pretty thin piece.
Step 2: Flattening
Now the wood was in half i used dome 80 grit paper to smooth out all the saw marks so i would have a nice clean bond.
Remember to not be a idiot and sand yourself like i did, its not fun!
Once the two pieces are flat its time to chisel out the space for the blade and cork.
I wanted to use cork to protect my blade from getting scratched when pulling it in and out of the cover.
To do this i just traced the blade shape onto both pieces and went around making stop cuts so i wouldn't chisel out where i didn't need to.
After that i just worked my way down until the cork would sit just bellow level with the wood.
This is quite easy if you just take your time and have a sharp chisel.
Once i had chiseled out both sides i checked again the cork would fit in along with the knife.
Step 4: Sanding & Magnets
Now i had the space for my blade and cork i wanted to make sure the knife couldn't fall out of the cover.
I decided to use 4mm x 1mm rare earth magnets to hold the blade , as these where so thin i used 4 along each piece.
I just used some super glue to hold the magnets in place.
Step 5: Glue & Clamp
Now the super glue had dried and the magnets where in place, its time to glue the cork in.
I have used titebond 2 on cork before and its worked really well so thats what i used again.
Just make sure you dont cover the magnets in glue.
Then just place the cork in and clamp it down.
Step 6: Main Glue Up
Now the magnets and cork are in place and the glue had dried its time for the main glue up.
Nice and simple just make sure you dont get any glue on the cork , then clamp it up.
Step 7: Trim & Shape
Now everything was done you could just leave it but i wanted to slim down the cover .
This was a bit fiddly as the wood was so thin i didn't want to snap it, so i just used a thin blade on my coping saw , and left the knife in to add some strength.
This step is completely up to you you can do whatever design you like, i just thinned it down a little.
Step 8: Sand & Finish
I hand sanded this at 80 grit , 180 grit an 240 grit.
I wanted to hand sand as i thought the electric sander might be to strong and sand though the thin wood.
Now all i did was finish it, i used a food safe finish just for piece of mind but as the blade wont touch the finish i dont know if it matters.
I sanded at 500 grit between coats and thats it .
Step 9: Job Done
Thats it, job done.
Its turned out better than i acpected to be honest.
I think its great , but you could do any sort of design or pattern you want, i just wanted it to be simple.
It works great and there is no chance of the knife falling out , and its blade is now protected and so are anybody's fingers!
As always i hope you enjoyed this.
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