Make a custom knife block. I wanted to accommodate a Chinese cleaver, Chinese chef knife, Japanese chef knife, bread knife, Western chef knife, and paring knife.
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Step 1: Wood
I had an old bookshelf made of hardwood that I broke down to use as stock.
Step 2: Cut
Cut planks to an appropriate size. I cut a number of 4"x6" and two 6"x9" pieces.
Step 3: Spacing
Experiment with the knife order and the spacing between handles.
Step 4: Thin Rip
Measure the width of the individual knives and thin rip strips on the table saw.
Step 5: Fit
Place the thin strips between pieces of wood and test the fit of the blades.
Step 6: Glue
Glue everything in place.
Step 7: Corner
Cut the corners of the end pieces off at a desired angle.
Step 8: Sand
Sand all the surfaces flat.
Step 9: Support Column
Cut a support column.
Step 10: Glue
Glue the column to the block.
Step 11: Finish
FInish the outside of the block with Danish Oil. Pour mineral oil through the knife slots to preserve the interior.
Step 12: Fill