Okay, you guys know those really fancy, (really expensive), knife blocks that were all the rage a few years ago? You can stick the knife anywhere into it and it just stays there?
I thought it would be an interesting exercise to try to duplicate the effect without spending a fortune.
So I whipped up a little nouveau-looking-ish design from a dingbat that I liked, ordered the things I thought I’d need, made it up with Proofgrade cherry and walnut, and gave it a little Proofgrade walnut veneer inlay, waited around for a while for additional supplies, and finally got it assembled:
And it works…sort of.
Errors were made in assuming that:
a. 500 diffuser reeds were surely going to be enough to fill the inner box.
(Nope, it takes 1000. If you order enough to start with you can avoid that hefty double shipping charge.)
b. The 5 1/4" reeds that I ordered were all going to be 5 1/4" in length.
(Nope again. They’re pretty close, but there is enough variation in them that I can either cut down 1000 reeds or make the next knife block have a slightly higher front and back - for aesthetic purposes. “I believe I’ll choose option B, Bob.”)
I was planning to rework it anyway - I did not have the engrave “quite” deep enough for the inlay and the veneer is just a hair proud of the surrounding wood. Might also have been because I pre-stained the veneer to make it darker and it swelled a bit.
Anyway, I’m getting there with it. The concept works pretty well from a mechanical standpoint - just stab the knives down in anywhere.
(And it looks a lot more interesting than the plain block it replaces.)