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Old July 28th 06, 03:19 PM posted to rec.woodworking
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Default Kitchen knife block or wall-mounted knife holder design

We've got a number of knives that live on the counter top. It's driving
me crazy, but I don't allow them in the drawers. Some are very good knives,
and very sharp. Do you guys have any interesting design ideas I could
scarf?

There seem to be pros and cons to having the knives racked on the wall,
or sticking out of a block.

Wall mounted pros:

1. Completely off the counter
2. Potentially good looking with lots of wood showing
3. Takes less room when transporting (I intend to move someday)

Cons:

1. We tend to clutter our counter with small appliances. Access to a wall
mounted holder may be a bit less than easy, and I know messy hands will
reach for them.
2. Horizontal knife orientation is the only option. Our wall is under a
counter and our knives are long enough.
3. Some damage to wall to mount it. Next owners probably won't appreciate
holes. Need to remember to exclude it from deal when selling the house, or
risk losing hundreds of dollars worth of knives due to legailities.
4. May not be so easy to clean; I guarantee it's going to get splattered.
5. Sharpening steel is from Lee Valley, and handle design would make it
stick out. Probably not a big deal, but I'm just thinking out loud.

Note: Under cupboard option is a possibility. I haven't given it much
thought. Maybe I should. Seems cumbersome to use when I visualize it in
action, though. Your experience?

Counter top block pros:

1. Easy to access
2. Fairly compact (uses 3 dimensions instead of 2)
3. Many different styles to choose from
4. More portable, as long as it isn't tipped.
5. More potential for interesting designs (is this true?)

Cons:

1. Harder to clean
2. Harder to build
3. Takes up counter space (but of course it's better than nothing, which is
what we're using now)
4. A tip/spill could be disastrous

I can think of more, but these are the main ones. Here are my must-haves:

1. Must be easy to clean
2. Must be safe - must be stable, and all sharp edges must be completely
covered
3. Must be within my reach as a woodworker

Like to have:
1. Reasonably portable
2. Reconfigurable as my knife collection changes (but at the moment I'm
leaning towards just bettering my skills and using "replacement" as an
option to deal with this issue).
3. Stylish - anyone can buy a simple block--see ebay.

This one is very cool:
http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/ny/c...e-block-002214
I'm afraid my bandsaw isn't up to the job, though. But the idea of using
super magnets is very appealing. It solves a lot of problems: I can clean
by disassembling, I can easily reconfigure by replacing interior separator
blocks, and I get to play with magnets.

Wall mounted, I'm thinking of a kind of long wooden hook that covers the
blade, and it extends around the tip of the knife to cover it, too, top and
bottom. You just stick the knife tip into the end and have it rest on the
long ledge of the hook. For portability, drill two holes close to where the
handle goes. On moving day twist-tie it in place. The tip cover holds its
end, the twist tie the other. How clever am I?

Eye-candy:
http://www.techeblog.com/index.php/t...ed-knife-block
http://www.iwantoneofthose.com/searc...uctCode=KNIBLO
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...933190-7378431 I think
this one has a bolt that goes all the way through. Good idea for cleaning.

This is all I came up with in the 1/2 hour I've been thinking about it. One
result of the process is that I had a neat idea for a holder for one of the
knives that we take camping. Usually I just make a guard out of tape and
cardboard. I think I can make it over the weekend, so I'll show you
pictures if the result is okay.

What I would like from you are any additional suggestions and advice, stuff
I haven't thought of, and your usage experiences. I've never owned or used
one of these. My parents keep their knives in the drawer and they're as
dull as my dad can make them on his belt sander.

Thanks, everyone!

- Owen -




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Old July 28th 06, 04:08 PM posted to rec.woodworking
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Default Kitchen knife block or wall-mounted knife holder design

Owen Lawrence wrote:
We've got a number of knives that live on the counter top. It's
driving me crazy, but I don't allow them in the drawers. Some are
very good knives, and very sharp. Do you guys have any interesting
design ideas I could scarf?


I can think of more, but these are the main ones. Here are my
must-haves:

1. Must be easy to clean
2. Must be safe - must be stable, and all sharp edges must be
completely covered
3. Must be within my reach as a woodworker


1. Take a slab of wood

2. Cut appropriately spaced grooves in it with a table/radial saw

3. Put slab in drawer. Now all clutter is gone but each knife has its own
little home.

For example...
http://mysite.verizon.net/xico/Pix/kniferack3.JPG
I glued shallow splines into the grooves but they aren't needed.

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Old July 28th 06, 04:42 PM posted to rec.woodworking
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Default Kitchen knife block or wall-mounted knife holder design


"Owen Lawrence" wrote in message
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We've got a number of knives that live on the counter top. It's
driving me crazy, but I don't allow them in the drawers. Some are very
good knives, and very sharp. Do you guys have any interesting design
ideas I could scarf?

There seem to be pros and cons to having the knives racked on the wall,
or sticking out of a block.



Owen, I have built 2 knife racks for our set of knives. Many years ago I
built a 4 legged butcher block and built a knife rack that hung on the side
of the butcher block. I used old style screen window hangers to mount it to
the block. This make removal easy and simple. The knives were in single
file along the back side of the block.
The draw back is that we seldom moved the knife rack and ended up having to
walk to the butcher block each time we wanted to use the knives.

Later I built a counter top block that works well and is easily moved out of
the way when more room is needed or when you want to work elsewhere.

I do not recall having ever cleaned either block so keeping them clean is
not really an issue. The slots go all the way through on both knife blocks.
Also, we have never knocked it over.

I posted a pic on a.b.p.w.


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Old July 28th 06, 06:09 PM posted to rec.woodworking
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Default Kitchen knife block or wall-mounted knife holder design


Owen Lawrence wrote:
We've got a number of knives that live on the counter top. It's driving
me crazy, but I don't allow them in the drawers. Some are very good knives,
and very sharp. Do you guys have any interesting design ideas I could
scarf?


go to a pro chef shop. look at the tool rolls they sell for knives.
might work for ya.

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Old July 28th 06, 06:52 PM posted to rec.woodworking
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Default Kitchen knife block or wall-mounted knife holder design

Owen Lawrence wrote:

We've got a number of knives that live on the counter top.

It's driving
me crazy, but I don't allow them in the drawers. Some are very

good knives,
and very sharp. Do you guys have any interesting design ideas I could
scarf?


snip

First you have to design this puppy.

Use Leon's picture as a reference.

Measure up all your knives to determine the needed size of the slots.

This rack is for good knives only. Time to bite the bullet and trash
the junk.

Don't forget to include the steel.

Use some graph paper to make a layout using the slot info above and
assuming you will use 3/4" finish boards. (I sometimes use 5/4 stock
for variety.)

Go to your favorite hardwood dealer and look at the "drop off" pile.

I like to use contrasting woods such as maple, cherry, walnut, etc.

Pick out some boards 15"-18" long, 5"-6" wide and arrange them in the
color pattern of choice.

Time for some wood working.

Cut boards to req'd size, cut slots per layout (dado or router), then
glue boards together.

(You may want to use 1/4" blind dowels to maintain registration during
glue up)

After glue up, cut bottom angle if you want one, sand as req'd, treat
with BLO and enjoy.

Lew
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Old July 28th 06, 11:27 PM posted to rec.woodworking
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Default Kitchen knife block or wall-mounted knife holder design


Owen Lawrence wrote:
We've got a number of knives that live on the counter top. It's driving
me crazy, but I don't allow them in the drawers. Some are very good knives,
and very sharp. Do you guys have any interesting design ideas I could
scarf?



Stryped built a nice solution to that problem.

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Old July 28th 06, 11:44 PM posted to rec.woodworking
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Default Kitchen knife block or wall-mounted knife holder design

In article , Owen Lawrence
wrote:

We've got a number of knives that live on the counter top. It's driving
me crazy, but I don't allow them in the drawers. Some are very good knives,
and very sharp. Do you guys have any interesting design ideas I could
scarf?


Here's a prototype I'm playing with.

http://www.balderstone.ca/knives.jpg

Inside the cage are a variety of diameter dowels, from 1/8 to 1/4. The
knives/cleavers/steel just slide between them in no fixed position.

This is based on a design I saw that was a solid box filled with bamboo
skewers. When I built this prototype I didn't have a source for skewers
in bulk, but now I think I do and may try one with those.

djb
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Old July 29th 06, 12:22 AM posted to rec.woodworking
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Default Kitchen knife block or wall-mounted knife holder design

Owen,

Just a thought during reading you post, when creating a knife block from
glue-ups, have you thought about putting small, inset, rare earth magnets
inside, such that they are at an appropriate position to just hold the end
of each knife when inserted - this may help with one of your reservations
about tipping the block over...

Mike

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We've got a number of knives that live on the counter top. It's
driving me crazy, but I don't allow them in the drawers. Some are very
good knives, and very sharp. Do you guys have any interesting design
ideas I could scarf?

Snip

Cons:

1. Harder to clean
2. Harder to build
3. Takes up counter space (but of course it's better than nothing, which
is what we're using now)
4. A tip/spill could be disastrous


Snip


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Old July 29th 06, 03:57 AM posted to rec.woodworking
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Default Kitchen knife block or wall-mounted knife holder design


"Owen Lawrence" wrote in message
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We've got a number of knives that live on the counter top. It's
driving me crazy, but I don't allow them in the drawers. Some are very
good knives, and very sharp. Do you guys have any interesting design
ideas I could scarf?


Wow, you guys really came through! Some very interesting ideas there.

I'll respond with a few comments:

1. I don't have any more drawer space. But even if I did I wouldn't want
to put the knives in there. That would mean that I'd always be opening the
drawer to get what I need. I know what will happen: the drawer knob will
get covered with gunk and the drawer itself will get filled with crumbs.
I've lived long enough to know that idea simple won't work in my household.
But nice work, dadiOH!

2. Maybe cleaning isn't such a big issue afterall, but I still think it
will be for us (please see comment #1, above). If it turns out I don't need
to clean it in the first 20 or 30 years (I expect to use it myself for at
least another 40), then the next one will be simpler.

3. "First you have to design this puppy." First I need to formulate and
choose a concept. I haven't reached the design stage yet.

4. I obviously missed Stryped's solution. Any more data? I can't seem to
find his postings.

5. I did think about putting magnets next to the knives. I suppose if I was
very delicate about it I could make it work, but I don't want the magnet
scraping the finish on the knives (they're like mirrrors and I like them
that way). Also , I don't want to have to use two hands to pull out the
knife (one to hold the block down). Friends of ours have one of those
magnetic strips attached to the wall for their knives. I've used it but
can't say I like the way it works. But inside a block I'm sure it would
work a lot better.

If I seem fussy, that's my prerogative, and the main reason I do
woodworking. Only my wife and my boss get to overrule me, and my boss only
gets to do it so often before he gets replaced.

6. The cage of dowels and the 6" drum ideas are really cool. I wonder if
you could buy chopsticks in bulk cheap enough. The Japanese ones are
tapered. I don't have a RAS but it shouldn't be too hard to fashion a
clamp for my TS sled. I've got a huge chunk of apple wood that might do the
trick.

7. "good knives only." Good idea. Not that any of the following matters
to anyone but me, but one of my knives is a fork. I just did a count. 1
fork, 3 majors knives, 1 steel, 4 paring knives. Someday maybe I'll add a
cleaver and a fillet knife, but this version isn't going to have room for
them. Now that I've thought about it I can get rid of the cheapies with a
clear conscience.

Thanks guys, great job! Any more ideas? Keep 'em coming!

- Owen -


 




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