Knife Holder    5                    1-2016

I turned my angle plate on it's side so I had a longer surface to work with because the distance between the legs are much farther apart than his hand was. I also had to move the ram on my milling machine all the way out and rotate the column so I could reach my overhanging work piece.



Here is a better shot to see what's going on. The tenons are 1/2" wide X 1 1/4" long X 1/2" high. I used a two flute 1/2" end mill to cut everything. One thing you have to be careful of when using an end mill on wood: make sure you cut into the material. What I mean is, when the cutter is turning, have the leading edge of the cutter running into the wood while you cut. This helps prevent 'tear-out or chipping' the wood while you're cutting.



Here I'm cutting the mortise on the base. I went .010 deeper here so the bottom of the tenon wouldn't touch the floor of the base.



I used two cutters on the base, one for roughing and one for finishing. Notice the line between the 1/4" cutter (roughing) and the 1/8" cutter (finishing). I folded the paper on that line so I wouldn't use the wrong set of numbers for the wrong cutter. Whatever works you know....



Here are the finished mortises and they came out great.



I gave each corner some clearance so I didn't have to use a chisel to make sharp corners. This makes life that much easier and it won't affect the strength either.



Here you can our guy standing on the base but not glued yet. The mortise and tenons worked outstanding for this (no pun intended) and wasn't that hard to do.



Now it's time to work on the mortises for the shield. I did the same thing here and used a roughing and finishing cutter to make them.



Checking the fit here and everything went together pretty good. So far I'm happy with the results and now it's time to make some slots.



After measuring all the knives, it's time to make some slots for them to rest in. I used the longer side of a 1" X 2" X 3" block as my mill stop because the sides of the shield don't have a very long straight section. All I have to do is square the back of my part against the metal block and then tighten the vise. This way I know the piece sits correctly because it would be easy to have it out of square without it.


Here is the shield all finished and ready to be assembled.



Here is a close-up of the chamfers (or lead-in) for the knife blades, which will make it easier to insert them when you store them.

By now I'm sure you've figured out what I'm doing here and what the knife holder should look like...right? Either way, keep following along because were getting ready to add some important details to it and see what it looks like when it's all finished.


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