The blade of these cheese knives are made of taxus/yew and the handle is made of plum wood.
All the wood I used was scrap wood saved from the fire bin.
The tools I used:
- Jig saw
- Hotglue gun
- table saw
- edge sander
- random orbit sander
- Isopropanol (=alcohol)
- Walnut oil
Step 1: The Blade
I used a live edge of yew for the blade.
I drew the form with a pencil on the board and cut it out with a jigsaw.
Step 2: Glue the Blade on a Board
The blade was to thick but to small to cut it on a table saw in a safe way.
So I glued it with hot glue on a board.
Step 3: Saw the Blade in Thickness
With the supporting board it was no problem to cut the wooden blade.
But my table saw was not high enough, so I cut it first from one side,
then I flipped it over and cut it from the other side.
Step 4: Remove the Blade From the Board
To remove the blade from the board I used alcohol.
This works pretty well. But it works better if the supporting board has a smooth surface.
Step 5: Sanding the Blade
on my edge sander I gave the blade the final shape
Step 6: First Part of the Handle
I transferred the form of the blade on a piece of plum wood and cut it out with the jigsaw.
But this was not very exact. Then I glued them together.
On the router, with a special router bit, it has a ring with the same diameter as the router bit, I copied the exact shape of the blade to the handle
Step 7: The Second Part of the Handle
I glued the second part of the handle on the blade and shaped it with the router again.
Step 8: Sanding
There was a lot of sanding. I used my edge sander and my random orbit sander to do the job.
Step 9: Finish
For the finish I used walnut oil. This is food save and works pretty well as a wood finish.
Step 10: All Steps in One Video
Runner Up in the
Knives and Blades Challenge