So had I an old, damaged, food-stained knife block that was annoying me every time I looked at it. The varnish had come off after I used hot water to clear out some cockroaches that had taken up residence. It was ugly.

I've recently been introducing myself to woodworking, checking out different knife blocks I could make, and I saw one that had an iPad holder built in for when using recipes. I often use my iPad in the kitchen but on a separate perspex stand which means I'm taking up twice as much bench space. I'd just recently bought a laminate trimmer (hand router) and realised I could easily update my existing knife block to include an iPad stand.

That's what I did. It's not perfect, by a long shot, but it does the job.

Step 1: Supplies & Equipment

  • Old knife block
  • Scrap timber for tablet support (I used a piece hardwood veneered ply I had laying around)
  • Wood glue


  • Sander or sandpaper
  • Router/trimmer
  • Ruler
  • Clamps
  • Saw
  • Stain and varnish
  • Brush/rags for stain

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