I have a 2.5 inch by 18 inch by 7/8 inch thick piece of wood. I was hoping
to cut a slot down the middle 12 inches for holding knifes. Has anyone ever
done this and lived, or should I just take the knifes and chop off the ends
of my fingers and save time. The wood is veneered (part of a store bought
cabinet set) so I was hoping to not have to cut and glue the pieces back
Thanks in advance
Bandsaw down the middle, as you stated, would be easiest.
Maybe you could use a scabbard chisel. Or, use a biscuit joiner or
slot cutter to cut the slot in the front, and then hollow it out on an
unexposed face to the depth you need. Is it going to be visible on all
A little more help please. What do you mean by a slot? Are you talking
about a slot in the top of the board so that a knife or two can sit on edge
into the slot? Or... are you talking about being able to insert a knife
into a slot that runs down the center of the piece such that the knife blade
completely fits into it like most common knife blocks?
I'm imagining that you simply want to stand the knife blade into a slot as
if you were going to slice something that was laying at the bottom of the
slot. The 7/8 thickness makes your piece pretty useless for the scabbard
type of knife holder. It would only hold one knife and your post uses the
plural. If this is the case, you could plunge a circular saw into the stock
somewhat short of one end, and run it all the way to the other end. Set the
cut for 1/2" or so and you could get three, maybe four knives in it side by
Don't really see any other way to do anything useful with a piece of stock
Knife slots are tricky. The block design I use is a great slab of tree,
chopped into slices and then re-assembled. While the slices are separate
I machine each face to have a step in it (one pass on the table saw),
but the steps in opposing faces aren't in the same place. Re-assembling
now leaves a slot behind. These sots are also separate and parallel,
which I think gives a better result than one long slot with the knives
bumping into each other.
As to your slot, then you could saw the board in half, then re-assemble
it with spacers. This could be done with almost any sort of saw, even
by hand, as it's only 2 1/2" wide.
When you re-assemble it, use little pegs (chopstick) every couple of
inches to separate the knives from each other and also to stop them
On the whole though, I probably wouldn't use this piece of timber. It's
_hard_ to make things out of one piece of found timber! It's generally
easier to find cheap timber, lots of it, then design with a free hand
and no thought for economy.
There's also the risk that if this stuff is veneered and modern, it's
probably only chipboard underneath.
Simple - use any saw. A handsaw, a circular saw, a table saw - whatever you
have access to. Just determine your depth of cut and set the saw to that
depth. If you do it with a hand saw you'll have to ensure you hold the saw
so that the cutting edge is parallel with the surface of the block and
simply cut to your defined depth.
Correction on my last post - brain fart.
A router would be a good solution to this problem. Use a 1/8" straight bit
and simply cut the slots. You will probably want to do them in passes -
increasing the depth of cut with each pass.
If you don't have a router, you can even do it with a drill and a
coping saw or a jigsaw, just like you were cutting out a long, skinny
You can also plunch down through the wood with a circular saw, or up
through it with a tablesaw. The ends of the slot won't be perfectly
verticle though; you'd have to finish them up with a handsaw or a
I did this once, but it was to lay in a drawer. Just used my dovetail
saw, which made a pretty narrow cut. Marked depth of cut on both sides,
and simply sawed to the line. The dovetail saw is nice and stiff, so it
was easy to keep it vertical.
Assuming you want several parallel slots of varying lengths and widths to,
each, accommodate a particular knife blade, I would suggest drilling holes
through at the respective end points of each slot.
Use a bit as small as you can but large enough to allow a coping saw blade
to pass through that you might attach the frame and saw through to the
opposite end of each slot.
Then, working with a thin file (fingernail file?) widen and square up each
The user requested a solution of not doing this.
It looks like the user wished to cut a long hole connecting the 7/8"
sides. It seems to me that the way to do this is with a plunge
technique, either with a router, as several folks have suggested, or a
Sounds like a TS would be easiest:
Set the fence of a TS to 3/8"
figure out a safe way to plunge the piece of wood onto the blade.
Run the wood along the slot to the block stop you've put in place.
Flip the wood over and cut the other side of the slot the same way.
Use a hand saw to remove the material left at the ends of the slot
left by what the blade could not reach due to the curve.
The hardest bit of this, assuming you have a table saw, is probably
safely plunging the wood for the first cut. Anyone more experienced
have any ideas?
May no harm befall you,
Ich habe keine Ahnung was das bedeutet, oder vielleicht doch?
OK, method 2. Same thing with two halves, but one long dado rather
than individual for each knife. The safe way ...Dado across the
piece, leaving little bits not dadoed for support, and they are easily
chiselled out and lightly sanded. Join the two halves when done.
Method 3. Router again. Set up a guide to avoid sudden mistakes, and
rout half way up into the wood, nibbling to avoid stress etc. Turn
over and repeat. With the guides and not biting off too much at one
time it's safe enough to slide through by hand.
What's wrong with a drill press? Chuck up the appropriately sized
brad-point bit, set a fence for the proper distance from the edge of
the board and go to town. It might take a little while and you'll
have to clean up the cut with a coping saw or a file, but it should be
simple enough to do.
When I made one to lay flat in a drawer I cut the slots positioned as I
wanted them with a thin (1/16"+) blade on a radial saw. The cuts *were*
slots; i.e, not all the way through. I then glued in splines (of the
same wood) from the top to fill the top leaving enough slot for the
Two *larger*pieces. Dado slots for knive. THEN cut off for half
width. Glue together. I did this out of oak, then screw that from
the back to a pine board [detailed it you wish], then screwed that to
the wall back of the cutting center.
How about lowering your table saw blade all the way down, clamping the
piece of wood to the saw table over the blade, then raising the blade.
Move the workpiece & repeat as necessary. If the rounded ends left
by the saw blade are a problem, you can square them up with a hand
saw or small file.
Another alternative would be to drill 2 small holes 12" (or whatever)
apart and cut out the space bewtween them with a scroll saw or jig
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