Knife Holder    2                    1-2016

After a few minutes with my belt sander and some hand work, this piece is about half finished. What remains are some slots and tenons (pockets), like you see in the template and some rounded edges. The two tenons towards the center are what will hold this piece to another part and the six slots will hold all the knives. The size for this piece is 8" X 5 1/4".

Speaking of knife slots, I still need the width of Tracey's chef's knife that's at her house. To get this info I called her boyfriend (the new boyfriend) and asked him if he had seen her chef's knife or is it still packed away. He said that he saw it and would get me the size. The next day he called me back and I was good to go (I guess we'll see how good he is with measuring), but now it's time to work on another piece.



After sawing out these pieces, I sanded close to the traced line. A drum sander would be ideal for this but I don't have one. But what I do have are some 1" diameter X 1 1/2" long old sanding drums that were sitting around at my work so I took a few home and used them in my milling machine. I cranked the RPM up to 1800 and let the 80 grit sanding drum eat away.



I placed the sanding drum right next to the mill table and just below it. This way I could rough-sand right up to the line and it worked out great, but it took awhile.



Ahhh....more clues about the project here. Sanding with the drum sander is a little slow but worked really well. I couldn't get to one small one area but I have a plan for that later.



The only difference between the maple (outer) and the walnut is the piece I added to his head below. The 'helmet' if you will, does a couple of things: it gives our guy a unique look and the 'circle area' will come into play later on. The two sets of lines near the tape is how I lined it up. After printing this out, I placed one over the other and then marked it like you see below. Then I cut away everything I didn't need and put some tape between the two.



This is how things will sit once everything is glued together, like a sandwich, but remember this is only roughed out and I have a long ways to go yet. Let's take a look at what I came up with for the base on this project.



Remember I said that I went through my scrap pile and found some material? Well here is what I came up with. I had more black walnut and a small amount of maple too. What I decided to do was combine the two which would give me enough to make the base out of.

Here I'm milling what will be the sides of the pieces that will be glued together. I was able to fit all nine pieces (enough for three bases) into my vise. Once all the edges are cleaned up I'll glue them in groups of three.



By using two pieces of walnut and one piece of maple, I had just enough to make the size I needed.



I surfaced the top and bottom and then squared both the sides and ends. Notice the scrap piece of wood against the solid jaw (next to the cutter). This helps prevent the wood from chipping or breaking at the corner. The size of the base is 11 1/2" X 6".



I used a 1 1/2" diameter socket as a template for each corner, then I used my belt sander and worked to my pencil line (look close and you can see the line). This was quick and very easy to do. I'll need to put two tenons in this piece later so it's time to set this aside and work on something else.


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