Martin Robitsch designed this knife block, and I immediately loved it.
Because it is quite expensive, but not too hard to make one yourself, I decided to contribute another instructable.

Materials :
4 pieces of 255 mm * 140mm * 9 mm (10" * 5.5" * 3/8") in nice solid wood (I used Oak), these will be the sides of the box
1 piece of 130mm * 130mm * 8 mm (5" * 5" * 3/8"). this will be the bottom, invisible and so it can be some MDF or plywood
~2000 bamboo skewers, 25 cm long (9.8")

Other :
Wood glue
Wood Oil

Tools :
Saw : only needed if you need to cut the 5 pieces yourself
Sander : ideally a Belt sander (I use the Bosch PBS 7 AE) for rough sanding, and a Orbital Sander (I use Bosch GSS 280 AVE) for finishing
Router (optional, I use Bosch POF 800 ACE)

Effort :  takes about half a day

Cost :  about 30$ - 25 euro. The Bamboo skewers I bought were 0.85 euro/100 pcs

Remark :
You could modify the dimensions if you want to : I just made it to the size of some Oak I had left over, and the final result is about the right size for 3 to 6 knives.

Step 1: Assembling the box

The hardest part is glueing the box together. I may seem simple, but it is difficult to glue 5 pieces together, keeping right angles everywhere. So I decided to help you with some step by step advice :

1. Put one side on a flat surface
2. Glue the bottom on top of it : Align the bottom, and one corner (in my pictures I aligned the bottom right corner)
3. Glue one extra side at the opposite corner (so I added a side to the left)

Apply clamps and some weights (I often use books)

5. Glue the remaining sides, one by one.
6. Finish by applying a bit of glue to all inner joints with your finger.

Remark :  ideally, the side will stick out just a little on all four sides. That's OK (better than being too small). This excess will be removed in the next step.

Remark 2 : It is important to take your time, take it one part at a time and let it dry enough. (my glue takes about 30 minutes, but 24h for full hardening out). So patience is your friend here !

To keep all panels exactly square, this could help
<p>I haven't tried this yet but I'm wondering if putting a layer of wine bottle corks across the bottom might be an optional way to protect the knife tip? This is a great project by the way!</p>
<p>This might not be the right place to post this but where are you guys buying the wood to make these projects?</p>
I buy my wood from several sources. Large panels of multiplex or MDF can be bought in DIY shops.<br>The more exotic kinds of wood I got from Wood Flooring shops. They usually have small amounts of leftovers from previous projects.<br>Finally, when buying wood, I usually buy 10% extra (to be safe, because that kind of wood could be out of stock for a long time), and that leaves me with a stock of leftovers to buils smaller things.<br><br>Happy making! Pascal
<p>First off love this idea.</p><p>I bought one and it has plastic fingers, love it. The fingers are attached together to a base plate and are removable and washable. If I was to add a suggestion to yours is to glue the sanded end of the sticks to a removable base plate so you can remove them as a neat package if needed. It would keep them from pulling out as well.</p><p>Would make a nice inexpensive gift so I just might try it.</p>
but won't the tips of the knives get dull and chipped from the bottom?
<p>Let's not forget the friction on the blade as it enters the holder.</p>
Actually the knives don't touch the bottom, only the blade goes in. As long as the box is deeper than the length of the blade of your longest knife, it is a safe way to store your knives.
i just added a flat cork piece to the bottom of the box just to be sure in the case someone is not me throw the knife on it and it goes down to the bottom, so it wont get dull or chipped :D <br> <br>Thx for the Instructable ^_^
They should not be damaged as long as you don't ram them in as hard as you can, just use common sense.
The soft OSB used as a base is plenty soft to not cause any damage to any knives that are long enough to touch bottom.
Ask any professional wood-butcher (carpenter!) why they use respiratory protection when working with Oriented Strand Board or any other manufactured wood product. One of the many nasty things about OSB is the formaldehyde. I believe it's part of the glue/resin mix. Hang on a second and I'll do a quick search..... Okay, here's one of the first results from a &quot;OSB toxicity&quot; google search http://www.healthyhouseinstitute.com/hhip_769-Oriented_Strand_board_OSB
Put a sponge or something really soft at bottom
I'm thinking you could probably fit a little silicone pad into the bottom to prevent that.
Only problem I see, the knife's weight rests on the point, not the hilt. You'll find your points become duller and duller.
<p>Actually if packed tight enough the points never reach the bottom. Also making it deep enough will help as well.</p>
<p>it's beautiful and very useful :)</p>
Thanks for sharing inspired me to make one. Wood is 1&quot; walnut, oiled with mineral oil. Knives (aside from the masakage) where made by me. Check my ible' if you want to see how.
That is really cool! Approved by my better half as my next project. Thinking depth of box would be best determined as being a little deeper than the longest blade.
<p>I did my own version with a split in the middle, where the upper part is suspended by gluing it to the sticks.</p><p>I also swapped out the bbq sticks with spaghetti, as i had trouble finding a shop selling big amounts for an affordable price. I thought i might as well, as they can be swapped later anyways.</p><p>The wood is norwegian pine, with a burnt finish coated in raw linseed oil</p>
I made my very own as a &quot;happy new kitchen&quot; present for a friend. I had some scrap Koa wood I had used for a butcher block island top, and with a dark stain.
I actually used a half-gallon mason jar for mine. It is still not finished, because I have to use some shorter skewers to fill in the space around the inside wall of the jar, but my knife test proves that it does work.
I very much like this idea. I have always been concerned about microbes, viruses, and whatever else that may make you sick. Protecting the edge is very well done with this design, and I like it! I would like to suggest plastic skewers , or quivelant, to prevent the amazing ability of germs, viruses,microbes,e-boli. whatever, staying alive in dry or non life giving areas. I am also in agreement with &quot; mid _life_crisis &quot; as a very good way to facilitate cleaning.
In labs where things are cultured plastic is used. From pipettes to petri dishes. Bamboo is naturally anti bacterial (well according to the web). <br> <br>However I am betting the plastic skewers would look perty and if you wash you knifes like normal would work. <br> <br>I would love to see one made the way you suggested. If you made it will you post the pictures? Thank you.
Studies have conclusively shown that plastic surfaces are far more conducive to bacterial transfer than wooden ones.
I saw your instructable before Christmas and decided to make one for my girlfriend and one for my parents! &nbsp;Thanks for the inspiration!
Well done ! <br>I see you like the Wusthof knives as well :-) <br>Thanks for posting the pictures, I'm glad I could inspire you and I'm sure your version will futher inspire others.
wow <br>great idea, beautiful effect and most important its totally effective!
Very simple and effective.
I'm always washing my knife. So I would be more concerned that my blade of my knife would rust, if it sat on a wet sponge. <br> <br>Cork sound better.
OK...here is my 2 cent worth of advice...push a thick piece of Styrofoam inside the box...prick your skewers in... and you are done! the sticks wouldn't fall off and you can easily clean up. so no gluing up needed too :-)
I love this! Is there a reason you haven't entered it in the Holiday Gift Contest?
Well, I was a bit too busy to notice the contest, but thanks for your suggestion : I've submitted this instructible. I made one for my parents as holiday gift and they were really happy.
Best of Luck to you!
So simple, but incredibly useful, thanks for sharing
A client I clean for has one of these and it's several years old and she's still happy with it- so there's an endorsement for ya.
Brilliant. Simply brilliant!
excellent am going to build it.
Do you have problems with the skewers being pulled out with the knives? How closely are they packed?
Normally they stay down. Once in a while, when pulling out a knife, one or two skewers slide up a few cm, then you need to push them down, which is very easy. <br> <br>The tension between the skewers is easy to adjust by adding more or less skewers. <br>what I did was the following : <br>* the last `100 skewers I added in batches of 10..20 pieces (in fact that's about the amount you will get in at once, at the end) <br>* after adding I tested by dropping a single knife (20 cm blade) : the knife was held with the tip just above the skewers, and then dropped. <br>* if the tension is good (# skewers correct) then the knife falls in and stops in a smooth way with the blade completely. If the knife falls to deep you need more, if the blade doesn't slide in completely, you need less. <br> <br>* with that tension, it is the right amount of skewers to put in 3 to 6 knives. Remember that also the knives take space and so increase the tension a bit. <br> <br> <br>
I just realized an improvement to suggestion #2. Instead of cross drilling, carefully measure up maybe 3/8ths to 1/2 an inch from the bottom edge of two opposite sides and drive one inch brads into the inside of the side panels to create &quot;pins&quot; that the bottom can rest on. Glue the sides but not the bottom. When it is dry, take the bottom out and sand it just enough so it slides easily and drop it in from the top then put in the skewers. When you need to clean, just push the bottom out through the top opening. <br> <br>* How do you edit a comment?
One suggestion for holding it all in place while the glue dries and another as an improvement. <br> <br>1) Make a second scrap piece the same size as the bottom and position it where the top should be. Wax the edges so the glue won't stick to it. This provides support at both ends so you can wrap large rubber bands around the assembly with all four sides in position at the same time. You'll have a few minutes to work with it and get the sides straight before the glue sets up. <br>2. Don't glue in the bottom. Cross drill from the sides to fit in small brads that can be pulled out with needle nose pliers or tweezers so the bottom can be removed for cleaning.
to protect your knives add a few vent holes at the bottom to let any water drain away
I realy like this, I have three knife blocks and they only hold certain knives made for them, but this one I can make it any size I want and hold any knife I want, this is great and it's muct safer than just throwing them in a drawer and wont damage the knifes cutting edge.
It's easy to adhere to the &quot;be nice&quot; comment policy with this one. It's brilliant! Thanks very much.
Great project! very elegant solution
Love this!! I recently gave my knife block away because the bamboo sticks were secured to the bottom and it grossed me out that I could not clean it really well. I will be trying this as soon as I find some time! Thank you for the excellent instructable!

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