The Knife Box, for Culinary students, Chefs, and Avid Cooks!

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In this instructable I am going to show you how to make an efficient storage solution for your knives and other culinary tools.  I am a professional chef for a living, and bringing your own tools to work is the name of the game, especially when you are a caterer; part of being a caterer is going to all different places to cook i.e. inside office buildings, peoples homes, parks, etc.  so being able to have a little mobile kitchen box is the best possible answer.  This setup would also work amazingly for anyone who is a culinary student, or anyone who is an avid cook that want to there knives to be safe and protected. 
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Step 1: The Box

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 The box that I used is an aluminum tool case from harbor freight.  I bought it for 25 dollars, it comes full of dividers and foam inserts, you can lose the dividers but save the foam.  also the shoulder strap is optional (I don't use mine). also you can order one right here

Step 2: Making the supports for the knives

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This part is pretty straight forward, all you need is some wood glue, a drill and a small saw.

What i did is found a small piece of thin plywood and cut it just to make a base to glue my two 3/4"x3/4" pieces to. then I drilled holes every 3/4" along the two pieces and glued them down to the piece of plywood. Then just take some small dowels and insert them into the holes with more wood glue, then wham bam thank you ma'am! you have the part the holds your knives in the upright and locked position.  sitting next to the support in the photo is the pieces of foam that I cut just to go in the gaps between the legs of the supports. 
Warlrosity4 years ago
Lets take it to the CBD!!!

( Melbourne Joke)

Ha Ha!

Yeah Lets!

homesie3 years ago
Nice Idea these cases are found at around £30 and even less from a boot sale or from ebay ..Great result for little work ..Most knife cases or wraps are kinda expensive ...Nice One
norml4 years ago
Great collection. I'm glad I'm not the only one obsessed with knife perfection. The G.I. can opener brought me back. I used to carry one on my key chain as a kid. What kind of kid does that? Is food-nerd a term? If you can fit a cleaver in there, might I suggest the Kiwi line. Great inexpensive knives.
Ward_Nox4 years ago
i wanna thank you while we were in the process of moving out of state my brothers knifes were stolen from our house.

something like this would be a great way to help him start rebuilding his kit
bruno130694 years ago
Nice I'ble! I'd like to do something like that with my knives instead of just dumping them in a drawer.
I would add an ulu to the set. It's a quarter circle, single ground Alaskan skinning knife with the handle at the center of the circle. Ergonomic and fun to use for chopping, mincing, and slicing.
dustinbikes (author)  bruno130694 years ago
 yea the ulu is a pretty cool knife similar to the mezzaluna knife that typically comes with a cutting board in the shape of a bowl

also yes an egg topper takes the top off of the egg, so that the egg can then be used as a serving vessel.
crankyjew4 years ago
what's an egg topper do?
does it cut off the top of an egg?
if so, why?
canida4 years ago
Wow, this is awesome and thorough!  Thanks for sharing your kit.
I'm putting together a wish list from the contents of your knife box. ;)
heheheha4 years ago
FIRST AID KIT - I went to the dollar store and got a neat metal latchable box (about 4 x4 x2), and always keep aspirin, band aids (only the coolest looking ones though), finger condoms, nail clippers, and super glue.
heheheha4 years ago
I am going to comment everyewhere hahaha :)

I have the Shun as well, but I took the 10". My chef knife I prefer to be a little longer; works great for slicing, and there's been times where an 8" just wouldn't cut it (skinning large fish for example).

My Santoku is a pretty sweet budget folded steel knife. Calphalone, a store brand, with VG-1 steel, 7". Wicked knife for the price
heheheha4 years ago
I myself prefer a toolbox with a removeable upper tray. All my knives get snap on type guards, and it's pretty easy to organize everything inside. Lockable, sturdy, and makes me relive my days working on cars :)
Oh, and also the fact I can plaster all sorts of cheese stickers from all the various cheeses I've had the pleasure of tasting  all over it :)