I Can Do That: Knife Block


One piece of wood and a lot of bamboo skewers do the trick.
By Christopher Schwarz
Pages: 26-27

From the August 2009 issue #177
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When we build an “I Can Do That” project we buy all the materials from a home center. For this project, however, I also had to stop at the grocery store on the way back to the shop.

That’s because this knife block holds all your cutlery in an array of bamboo skewers – the kind you use for kabobs. Though you’re not going to believe me, you need more than 1,000 1/8″-diameter skewers to do the job. Good thing skewers are cheap – about $1.80 for 100.

In addition to cleaning out your supermarket of bamboo skewers, you’re going to need some 1/2″-thick wood. You need about 4′ of a board that’s about 10″ wide. I lucked out. Our Lowe’s happened to have one piece of 1/2″-thick quartersawn red oak.

Begin by crosscutting your parts to length with your miter saw and ripping them to width with your jigsaw. The next step is to cut the finger joints with the jigsaw.


From the August 2009 issue #177
Buy this issue now