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Monday, February 25, 2013

DIY Custom Knife Drawer


I used to store my knives in a knife block on my kitchen counter.


In an effort to save some counter space, I decided instead to move my knives to a drawer BUT that looked cluttered and verged on being dangerous.


So, I decided what I needed was a custom knife drawer.


Of course, my vision of a custom knife drawer involved using this...


So, I enlisted the help of the husband and, seriously, how could he resist making me happy?

Out came the measuring tape and measurements were taken for the inside of the drawer.


He found 2 blocks of scrap wood that he cut down to make a blade block {that the blades of the knife will go into} and a handle rest block.  The blade block is 1 1/2 inches high and 1 1/2 inches wide (the length is depending on how wide your specific drawer is).  The handle rest is 3/4 of an inch high.


On the blade block, strike a line an inch apart to serve as a guide for cutting.


Cut each line on the mark drawn, repeating multiple cuts next to the previous cut for each inch section, to increase the width of the original cut.


Multiple cuts will widen each space allowing the knife blade to fit securely.


Both the blade block and handle rest were cut to fit snuggle and securely into the drawer.  They are not glued into place and if necessary can easily be removed from the drawer.


Now, instead of my knives taking up valuable counter space OR being thrown into a drawer...


my knives are neatly and safely stored in my drawer.

I think it was a *sharp* solution.

The DIY'ers

29 comments:

  1. Great idea, Amy! I went from the block to a similar drawer situation too. I'm going to have to enlist Rob to do this on the never ending kitchen list. Thanks for sharing this. Megan

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  2. Awesome idea!!! My knife drawer looks like your before. My girls call it the cutty drawer and know not to go near it. Great solution. Think he could make me one ;)

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    1. Thanks Erin. I'm just glad I don't almost sever a finger off every time I reach in that door any more :)

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  3. Awesome idea! I wish I had one of those handy men around. ;) I think one day I'll just have to learn how to use a saw!

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  4. Hi Amy,
    This is going to help so many people! A practical solution for a common problem. Way to go, kiss that hubby! Thanks for sharing:)

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  5. Your husband is the best! I switched from a block to an insert as well (but I had to buy mine--no circular saw lying around these parts ;)

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  6. Very clever and neat looking idea. We moved our knives into a drawer a while back and i ended up buying sheathes for each one-a very costly exercise and fiddly too!

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  7. Love this insert, Amy! Looks very high-end. I wish we had all those fancy tools too... I'd be stuck in my garage all the time lol.

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  8. That's a really great idea, much neater than having them in the draw.

    You and Mr WWH really did come up with a solution that has caused me "stabs" of envy :)

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  9. Clever and ORGANIZED! Way better than on the counter.......or just in a drawer loose! Like mine! ;)

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  10. What a great idea! I wish I had a drawer to this with. I have no counter space and only one drawer...someday I will redo the kitchen and do this!

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  11. Such a great idea! I may just have to put this on the Honey-do-list! I host a DIY link party every Monday and would love for you to join! http://homecomingmn.blogspot.com/2013/02/the-diyers-link-party.html

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    1. Thanks Kayla. I hope your poor husband doesn't mind something else being added to his honey do list :).

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  12. What a smart, safe way to store your knives! Great job. :)

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  13. Neat and safe till you learn how to swallow or juggle them.

    Bliss

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  14. absolutely showing this to hubby! i've been after him to make me drawer dividers and knife holders. he kept telling me it would be too hard. bahaha i have proof - also is that a band saw he used to make the notches? it's the one tool he doesnt have i suppose i could bribe him huh? and it will keep them from getting dull too!

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  15. nice! i really like to have this for my knives amy!

    huggies♥
    rea

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  16. Great idea! I have a similar pre-made one, but that type never have enough slots & mine isn't deep enough for some of my larger chef knives. I'm showing this to The Man!

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  17. This is such a great project....definitely on my organizing "to do" list!

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    Now that is an awesome organization recommendation that I might just have to give to my husband. Maybe he could consider it my anniversary present from him hehe :D

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  19. This is such a great idea! My knife drawer is a total hazard! We'd love for you to link this up at our party! http://housewivesofriverton.blogspot.com/2013/02/riverton-housewives-round-up-54.html

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  20. Thanks for linking to Take-A-Look Tuesday over at www.SugarBeeCrafts.com - you were featured today!
    --Mandy, Sugar Bee Crafts

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  21. My knife drawer is the most dangerous place in my house! Guess I'd better show this to Sam when he wakes up! He'll be thrilled to make me one I'm sure!!! Nice feature at Sugar Bee girl!

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  22. This turned out absolutely wonderful. I'm a new follower. I would love for you to stop by my blog and link this project up at: http://viewfromrivermountain.blogspot.com/2013/02/show-it-off-wednesday.html

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  23. You are featured this week on Busy Monday at A Pinch of Joy! I hope you will stop by and grab a Featured Button from the Button Box on the sidebar. Pinned. Can’t wait to see what else you’ve been working on!

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  24. Stopping by to let you know I am featuring you tomorrow on Made in a Day! Thanks for linking up!
    Kim

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