Wooden Cheese Knives




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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:

  • Pencil
  • 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

Instead of thousand words, please watch the video

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    2 years ago

    I hate to say this but yew wood, speed I finally European yew, is poisonous and should not be used with food.

    2 replies

    Reply 2 years ago

    Then I will it only use to cut cheese for my enemies! ;)


    Reply 2 years ago

    Stupid auto correct... lets try that again.

    Yew wood (traditionally used for bows) is poisonous and should not be used for food or holding water.



    2 years ago

    What a beautiful knife! I know I would be thrilled to have such a knife, and if we had woodworking equipment at all, I'd follow your instructable. Thank you for sharing this with us, and you have my vote.

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    2 years ago

    Great looking knife!! I just made two like this as well. Great minds think alike I guess. Thanks for sharing

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    Reply 2 years ago

    Yes I saw your knives, they are beautiful. It is funny a similar project on the same day, but you were are little bit faster.