• Home
  • Projects
  • Crafts & Decor
  • [#<Breadcrumb:0x000055b0f5992a90 @title="Home", @path="/nation">, #<Breadcrumb:0x000055b0f5991dc0 @title="Projects", @path="/nation/projects">, #<Breadcrumb:0x000055b0f5a08fb0 @title="Crafts & Decor", @path="/nation/projects/category/crafts-decor">]

DIY Knife Drawer Block

  • September 10, 2013
  • Other


I created a new knife drawer block for knife storage. We had a knife block on the counter and a drawer of other knives. So I had duplicates and knives in two different places.I emptied out the drawer I would be using. Vacuumed it really well. Then, I added some shelf liner. I used wood from our scrap wood pile. I found some pieces of 1 1/2″ x 1 1/2″ wood and also 1″ x 1/2″ wood. Using our Ryobi compound miter saw, I cut them each down to the width of my drawer. I drew lines where I wanted each cut to be to put the knives in. My piece of wood was 9 1/8″ and I separated them by 3/4″ so I was able to get 11 slots in the larger piece. Originally I tried just cutting down with the compound miter saw using the metal guide that is attached. This didn’t work because it was cutting my notches at an angle. I ended up using a scrap piece of 1 1/2 x 1 1/2″ wood between the metal guide and the piece I was cutting. I was careful to hold the pieces tightly together. I cut a smaller piece of wood for the handles to rest on. After cutting all the pieces and notches, I sanded the wood smooth with my Ryobi sander. I then measured from the front of the drawer to the first piece of wood. It was 5″. I made another set of wood pieces. This time since they would hold smaller knives, I made the slots 1/2″ apart. Now, all my knives fit neatly inside the drawer, and I was able to get the knife block off my counter.

Show More

Print Project

  • More Information, Tools, & Materials

Comments (1)


  • Great idea! I've cut my fingers a few times due to knives just sitting in draws. So now. . .
    By Captainsursea, on September 16, 2013

Members Also Viewed

Print Options

Print Project

back to top?

Asset 1

Join RYOBI Nation

We're so glad you're here! Let's get started.

Welcome to Ryobi Nation!

Please confirm your email address.

Welcome

Let's build your project feed!

Select some categories to pick the kinds of projects that show up on your home page:


Welcome to Nation

welcome_r2 graphic
Welcome to your RYOBI Nation quick start guide, a fast and easy way to see everything that's waiting for you!
project_feed_r1 graphic
Your feed shows the latest projects from the categories you’ve selected, right on your homepage!
upload_r2 graphic
Are you working on something awesome? Upload your DIY projects today, and share with other members.
contests_r2 graphic
We award monthly and annual prizes for the best projects, worth up to $2500 in RYOBI tools! That’s a lot of hardware, and it could all be yours.
connect_r2 graphic
RYOBI Nation is a positive connection between people who are creating great things.
You can follow fellow members, like their projects, and comment to let them know they’re doing a great job.
notifications_r1 graphic
Come back to RYOBI Nation often to see what is new and to stay in touch.
If you're on a mobile device, don't forget you can add RYOBI Nation to your home screen for quick access to your project feed.

Update Image

DIY Knife Drawer Block

by LaurasCraftyLife
Sep 10, 2013

I created a new knife drawer block for knife storage. We had a knife block on the counter and a drawer of other knives. So I had duplicates and knives in two different places.I emptied out the drawer I would be using. Vacuumed it really well. Then, I added some shelf liner. I used wood from our scrap wood pile. I found some pieces of 1 1/2″ x 1 1/2″ wood and also 1″ x 1/2″ wood. Using our Ryobi compound miter saw, I cut them each down to the width of my drawer. I drew lines where I wanted each cut to be to put the knives in. My piece of wood was 9 1/8″ and I separated them by 3/4″ so I was able to get 11 slots in the larger piece. Originally I tried just cutting down with the compound miter saw using the metal guide that is attached. This didn’t work because it was cutting my notches at an angle. I ended up using a scrap piece of 1 1/2 x 1 1/2″ wood between the metal guide and the piece I was cutting. I was careful to hold the pieces tightly together. I cut a smaller piece of wood for the handles to rest on. After cutting all the pieces and notches, I sanded the wood smooth with my Ryobi sander. I then measured from the front of the drawer to the first piece of wood. It was 5″. I made another set of wood pieces. This time since they would hold smaller knives, I made the slots 1/2″ apart. Now, all my knives fit neatly inside the drawer, and I was able to get the knife block off my counter.