DIY Knife Block


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Looking for a unique gift? Then this DIY knife block should do the trick!

This project is not for the average DIYer as it requires access to a CNC machine to cut the pattern in the ply. If you have a very good hand and an equally good jigsaw you should have no difficulty either. The last option would be a good, old-fashioned fret saw but we’re guessing there are not too many of those in your tool kit :)

Once cut, there’s a bit of manual work involved such as bevelling the edges, glueing and sanding, but it shouldn’t take a lot of time if you have the right tools. And of course, if you are getting this done on a CNC machine, you might as well get a few done so that you’ve got those Chrissie gifts well and truly covered!

If you don’t have access to a CNC machine and question your jigsaw skills, use this tutorial as an inspiration to your own, simpler design. You don’t need to have a workshop full of high-tech gear all it takes is a bit of creativity and resourcefulness.

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  • Beech Plywood:
  1. 700 x 290 x 15mm
  2. 460 x 340 x 15mm
  3. 350 x 340 x 15mm
  4. 260 x 340 x 15mm
  • Magnet Ø25 x 5mm (NdFeB)
  • 6mm Dowels
  • Wood Glue
  • Clear Varnish
  • 3x Felt Pads
  • Kitchen Knives


  • End mill (3mm)
  • Corner Rounding Bit
  • Sandpaper
  • CNC Mill
  • Manual Router
  • Estlcam or another CAM Software
  • 2D CAD Program – for customizing knife slots

Project File:

Here are some pointers when making your own knife block:


  1. The three main parts of this knife block consists of 15mm boards that are fit with 6mm dowels and glued together, because this process is much simpler with the machine than creating thick solid parts.
  2. If your wood board has a different thickness as the one mentioned here (15mm), you must adjust the drawings accordingly to make sure the parts will fit perfectly.
  3. Don’t forget to adjust the size of the knife slots according to the knives that you have. Use a 2D CAD software for this.

Isn’t it a great project to try?


Thanks Christian Knuell for this amazing project!



  1. Appreciated the verbal and visual details that went into explaining this project. Has brought it into reach of others trying their hands at it.

  2. Do you have just basic 2d grid layouts? I would love to make this for my mother-in-law.



  3. We’ll see what we can do for you, John. Please be patient as we are currently buried in a site redesign.