How to Make a Knife Block Out of Wood

How to Make a Knife Block Out of Wood

How to Make a Knife Block Out of Wood

Hey guys, so we were looking to make a new knife block for our kitchen. So we designed a super easy knife block that is functional as well as minimalist. This design has a drain slope at the bottom to avoid water from settling at the bottom.

Note that this plan works well for most knives, but if you have a larger knife you intend to store, you'll need to make a bigger knife block. Also the width of each slot is 3 mm, which is thinner than the width of most knife handles. Again, if your knife is exceptional, make adjustments in the design.

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Things you need for this build



Plan for this build

Plan for the knife block
Knife block plan for cutting the slot
Knife block plan for cutting the slot

The yellow part is to be routed at a depth enough to accomodate the thickness of your knife.

How To Build The Wood Knife Block

Step 1: First, we took 2" x 6" dimensional lumber and sized it to 4 ¼" by 1 ¼" size on the table saw. Note that 2" x 6" is the nominal size and the actual sizes are usually half inch less for both dimensions. So you'll have to cut of a little bit to make it the size we need. This extra quarter inch will be lost during planing, so we will end up with 4" by 1" pieces. This was done using a table saw.

If you are new to using a table saw and wondering how to use a table saw safely, check out this comprehensive guide on using a table saw safely- How to Safely Rip a 2x4 With a Table Saw.

Step 2: So we cut out 5 pieces from this lumber using a miter saw with all pieces measuring 10 inches in length.

cutting out the 5 pieces
cutting out the 5 pieces measuring 10 inches each

Step 3: Then we used the bench-top planer to plane all the 5 pieces on both sides and the edges to make all the pieces 4" by 1" in size.

Planing the wood pieces
Planing the wood pieces on all sides to make it 4" by 1" size
Wood pieces stacked after planing
Wood pieces stacked after planing

Step 4: So the next step is making the top mitered part of the knife block. This part gives a nice angle to the knife block and makes it look nicer. For this we cut out 1 edge of each of the 5 pieces by setting the miter saw at a 15 degree angle.

Mitering the top edge of each piece at a 15 degree angle
Mitering the top edge of each piece at a 15 degree angle

Step 5: Once that was done, the next part is making a 15 degree angle at the bottom of each slot in the knife block for ensuring drainage. So the inside of the knife block will have a slope at this angle for drainage. You'll understand this much better if you take a look at the plan above. We used a sliding T-bevel to mark the angle on all the pieces. Notice that the first line ends one inch above the bottom edge and the second line is marked 1 inch from the long edge of the piece. If you're confused, take a look at the plan above 🙂 . Actually, the T bevel is 1 inch wide, which made the process really easy. 

Marking the routing boundary using a T-Bevel
Marking the routing boundary using a T-Bevel
Marking the routing boundary using a T-Bevel
Marking the routing boundary using a T-Bevel

Step 6: So we marked all these lines with a T bevel to rout away the wood to make the slot of the knife to go in. So here we’re routing the slot after setting the width using the router edge guide. Notice that our wood piece is wedged against the vice and the clamps. So using the edge guide, we routed out the straight portion perfectly.

Routing the straight edge portion
after routing the straight edge

Step 7: We did freehand routing for the rest of the piece. So, for the slender portion we did a freehand routing and had to do it really carefully to get it right. Even if you make a mistake here do not fret as it goes inside the knife block.

all the 5 pieces routed and stacked

Step 8: Yes, I know the edges look a bit rough, but we made that neat using a chisel after the routing. Now that all the 5 pieces were ready after the routing, we went ahead and did the glue up. We applied glue on the side face at the part which is not routed.

Step 9: Now we went ahead and clamped the pieces down before the glue dried out. You want to make sure to clamp it down before the glue dries up and make sure there is no wiggling. Once we had that glued up, we left it to dry and called it to dry.

gluing up the knife block
using clamps to do the glue up

Step 10: So we came the next day and the knife block is now ready. After this went ahead and did some sanding. Since we were planning to finish it with a clear oil finish, we made sure to sand it really well all the way up to 320 grit. After this we rounded the sharp edges of the knife block for comfort while using it.

Sanding the knife block

Step 11: Alright, after this we went on to our favorite part. Applying the homemade paste wax. We applied the same finish for our coaster project as well. If you missed it, check it out- DIY Wood Coaster and Holder. If you don't have paste wax you can use Rubio Monocoat.

We used this because it is a food safe finish and also gives a hand-rubbed feel.

finished knife block
finished knife block
finished knife block
finished knife block
finished knife block
finished knife block
finished knife block
knife block completed

There you have it! The knife block is ready and we tested it with our knives and it worked quite well. So this was a really simple but nice project. Check out other kitchen projects of ours:

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DIY Knife Block Pin
DIY Knife Block

How to Make a Knife Block Out of Wood

Yield: Knife Block
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Active Time: 1 hour
Additional Time: 3 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 5 minutes
Difficulty: Easy

Learn how to make a knife block for your kitchen using just a piece of regular lumber



  1. Size the lumber to 4-1/4" by 1-1/4"
  2. Cut out 5 pieces from this lumber each measuring 10 inches in length. mitering-wood-pieces
  3. Plane using planer on all sides to get a final size of 4" by 1" for all the 5 pieces. planing the pieces
  4. Miter one edge of each piece at a 15 degree angle. mitering the edge
  5. Mark the 15 degree angle for drainage at the bottom as well as the boundary for routing the knife slots using a T-Bevel. T bevel marking the edges
  6. Rout away the marked portion using an edge guide and freehand routing. routed pieces
  7. Glue all the pieces and clamp them together. glue up of knife block
  8. Sand the entire block to 220 grit. sanding the block
  9. Finish using homemade pastewax or rubio monocoat finished knife block

About V Susan

Hi! I'm Susan. I am passionate about DIY projects and dark chocolates! Welcome to MellowPine. We play around with basic woodworking projects, home improvement ideas, and decor for you to try out.


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