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With this instructable I'd like to share how to make a snazzy knife block that you can make in twenty minutes or less (not counting the time it takes to eat 42 ounces of oatmeal).  

The idea for this design came from a commercial product that used plastic rods.  Another instructabler, jliken, has posted a beautifully crafted version which you should check out ( http://www.instructables.com/id/Bamboo-Knife-Block/ ).  But if quick 'n' dirty is more your style you've come to right place.  

This knife block can accommodate any number of knives, depending on the size of the container you choose.  It also fits odd sized knives and kitchen scissors with ease.  I love the modularity and the ease of construction.  For those interested in putting more effort into the appearance of the finished product, check out the last step for other construction ideas.

Step 1: Materials and tools

The basic model requires a container, like this oatmeal tube, and a bunch of skewers that are as long or longer than the container is deep (Fig. 1).  Oh, and some knives to put in it, because once you've got all that you're almost done.  

The oatmeal box used is about 5 inches in diameter and I needed about 12 packs (100 count) of 10 inch bamboo skewers.  

 For the fancier version I beefed up the strength of the box's base.  I thought the cardboard base was probably too weak on its own and would deform or blow out after a while, so I used the Optional Accessories (Fig. 2) to make the base sturdier.  If you don't want to reinforce the base, skip straight to step 3.
 
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gimpysgirl3 years ago
I expect that the skewers aren't as cheap as a box or so of 69ç speghetti which could probably work as well if not packed to tightly. Great idea of yours.
haakon.k (author)  gimpysgirl3 years ago
Nice idea! I'm wondering if the spaghetti might be too brittle, but when it's all packed together in the tube that might not be an issue. If you try it I'd love to know how it works.

I actually used a half-gallon mason jar for mine. Here are some pictures. It is still not finished, because I have to use shorter skewers to fill in the space around the inside edges of the jar, but my knife test proved the concept.
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haakon.k (author)  bright.n.squirrelly10 months ago
Sweet, that looks classy!
Truehart2 years ago
This is just plain cool!
kosmicslop2 years ago
I was going to shell out the $30 for the conventional knifeblock of this style until I started seeing DIY versions all over. Yours is one of the better ones. There is one version I saw that used a cut-off 2 liter bottle with sand in the bottom as a stablizer.

Also, a bread crumb container or a grits tube is smaller than an oatmeal tube if you don't want to use so many chopsticks. I would most likely want to cut the tips off, I'm too accident prone to keep them.
spylock3 years ago
It would be cool to use willow sticks sharpend on the end,but not as sharp as the skewers leaving the bark on the rest and maybe use a large antiuqe Mason jar,I have a light green one that the sticks would still be visable through,it would look rustic,good instruct.Im gonna give it a try.
haakon.k (author)  spylock3 years ago
That would look sweet! Let us know how it goes.
l8nite3 years ago
This is a fantastic idea! The skewers are fairly cheap even if you have to buy 10packs and if you don't like the oatmeal container look, cut down a clear soda bottle or a glass jar, you could even dye the skewers with tea, coffee or food coloring... hmmm... u got the ole brain perculating....
Biggsy3 years ago
I have seen this done before on a cooking show, this is a brilliant idea, welldone :)