Knives are the most difficult kitchen item to store properly. Tossing them in a drawer generally results in distorted or chipped blades. Storing them on a magnetic strip or in a knife block can keep your knives constantly dusty. If you could somehow combine the safety of a knife block with the tidiness of a drawer, that would be ideal storage.
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Things you need
- 1/2-by-1/2-inch-by-8-foot wooden square trim piece
- 3/4-by-3/4-inch-by-8-foot wooden square trim piece
- Wood cutting saw
- Tape measure
- Wood glue or fine screws
Measure the longest and widest blades of your kitchen knives. The drawer configuration is largely dependent on your specific needs. If you have lots of wide bladed knives, you may need more bigger blocks than someone who has a huge collection of steak knives.
Cut equal length pieces of trim from each of the 3/4-by-3/4-inch-by-8-foot trim and the 1/2-by-1/2-inch-by-foot trim, based on the length of your longest knife. Use the larger trim to cut blocks for your longer blades and the smaller trim for smaller knives, such as steak knives.
Lay the cut blocks out in your drawer in a single layer, arranging them until you are satisfied with their configuration. Be sure to leave enough room between blocks for your knife blades to fit securely. If you wish to build a knife handle rest for your larger knives, cut it from the 1/2-by-1/2-inch-by-8-foot piece, placing it perpendicular to the blocks designed to hold the knife blades.
Glue each block on to the bottom of the drawer in the spot you have placed it. Pick each block up one at a time, apply the glue, and replace in the same spot. This way you won't lose your spacing. Allow to dry for the time specified on the glue (generally 8-24 hours).
Screw the blocks in place with two fine screws per block. This will ensure that your blocks won't break loose with use.
Tips and warnings
- If you want your knife tray to be removable, cut a piece of plywood that will fit inside your drawer and build your knife block on top of it. Insert the piece into your drawer.
- If you wish to stain your blocks, do this before you attach them to the drawer.
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