Known and widespread are solid wooden models as a knife block, in which there are several slots for insertion. With a little creativity, you can make just as blade-friendly fair storage blocks yourself from many other materials. For some ideas, the implementation takes only a few minutes and requires few accessories.
Features of a knife block
The crucial function of a knife block is the blade-protecting storage of knives. Therefore, some basic conditions must be met:
- Each knife blade must be stored as free of contact as possible.
- The depth of the insert must exceed the blade length
- The knife must be able to hold its position vertically
- Manual access must be guaranteed
Build your own knife block from everyday and household objects
Some craft instructions describe knife blocks with sand, animal litter, or metal rods as fillers. These materials are all unsuitable as they dull the blade.
Knife block from books
Old books can be repurposed as knife blocks, depending on their size. It is important to secure the book or books with a band or ideally strong but elastic rubber against opening. To facilitate the insertion of knives, it can help to separate individual pages.
Knife block from wooden shish kebabs
For the construction with shish kebabs, a holding frame or a suitable container is required. Sturdy cardboard boxes, open wooden boxes, large vases and jars, buckets and garbage cans or attractive old packaging are well suited. The skewers are filled in so that they allow movement of a few millimeters when running your fingers over them. The skewers can be inserted both with the pointed side up and with blunt cut side.
Knife block of dry legumes.
Lentils, beans and peas filled in jar can make a good storage place for knives. Care should be taken not to “compact” the contents. An occasional pouring and refilling always increases the functionality.
Knife block made of polystyrene beads
Instead of legumes, styrofoam beads, as known from mail order, can also be used. However, if the knife blades are very sharp, styrofoam flakes can stick to the blades when they are pulled out of the knife block due to electrostatic charging.
Building solid knife block constructions yourself
In solid constructions, the insertion slots and blade channels are the centers of the construction.
Knife block made of wooden strips
Wooden strips can be screwed or glued to each other with spacers. The spaces between them are used for inserting knives. In the case of elongated double-layered strips with individual insertion slots attached to the wall, the knife tips can protrude. The handle shafts hold the knives in position. Wider or deeper constructions “swallow” the blades completely.
Knife block made of wooden frame
Square wooden frames can be provided with through-slots on one side. The blades of the inserted knives protrude into the frame.
Knife block made of concrete or synthetic resin
If you are familiar with castable materials, you can cast a solid knife block yourself. For the blade channels, place-holding strips with good release agents must be inserted, which can be pulled out after setting.
Tips & Tricks
With strong magnets, whose attractive force can penetrate several centimeters of wood, you can further expand your creative possibilities.