Store your knives in a way that is slightly different from a magnetic knife block or knife block with chopsticks? In this DIY you will learn how to make a good knife block from plexiglass with wood or bamboo. This way your kitchen knives are safely stored, but within reach when you need them. Quickly check the steps below to see how to make this eye-catcher.
The basis for making your own knife block
For our knife block we use hardwood with a size of 40 x 25 x 8 cm. The plexiglass we use is 6 mm thick. Go for cast plexiglass, as you cannot process the cheaper extruded variant as well. You naturally adjust the dimensions of the plexiglass to the size of your block of hardwood. Because your knife block is used in the kitchen, it is important to choose a material that can get wet and is resistant to cleaning agents.
Making bamboo knife block
Do you prefer a bamboo knife block instead of hardwood? Of course you can! Bamboo is a popular material because it is durable and has a natural look. When you choose this variant, it is best to use a bamboo cutting board with a thickness of about 8 cm as a base. Learn more clean a knife block
Step 1: order your plexiglass
Measure the dimensions of your wooden block or bamboo cutting board. Then order 2 cast acrylic sheets with a thickness of at least 6 mm in the same dimensions . You order 2 plates because we make a knife block with 2 sides. In our webshop you will find clear plexiglass in various shapes and sizes. Depending on your wishes, you can of course also choose to finish your knife block with one of our transparent neon tones or smoky tones . We saw the plates cut to size for you free of charge. So all you have to do is drill holes.
Step 2: drill holes in your knife block
The design of your homemade knife block stands or falls with a good finish. Therefore first mark your boreholes. Use masking tape for this and leave the protective film of the plexiglass on for a while. This way you prevent scratches. Drill your holes and keep a distance of at least 2x the sheet thickness along the edge. In this case you keep a distance of 12 mm. So the center of the drill hole (6 mm) will protrude 16 mm from the edge at each corner. Always place a supporting plate under the plexiglass into which the drill can run. Countersink the hole with the help of a countersink drill, also called a sovereign drill. This means that the head of the bolt will be flush with the plate surface. Countersink the hole little by little and check regularly whether the bolt head is already flush with the plate.
Step 3: Place your spacers
Grab two sets of spacers and line up the couplers with the holes you just drilled in the plexiglass. Because your wooden block or bamboo cutting board has the same dimensions as your acrylic sheets, the spacers will be in the same position as in the acrylic: 16 mm from the edge of each corner. Now screw the 4 spacers onto your wood or bamboo with the stainless steel screws. Repeat these steps on both sides of the block.
Step 4: assemble your knife block
Now it is time to mount your plexiglass on the wood. Lay the log on its side and remove the protective film from your first acrylic sheet. Then treat both sides with an anti-static cleaner . This prevents dust from adhering and makes it easier to clean the plexiglass. Then place the first acrylic sheet on the spacers. Now turn the 4 heads on the spacers. Don’t tighten them too tight, otherwise you risk tearing the acrylic.
Turn the knife block over and place the block on the side with the plexiglass plate, make sure that the block is placed on a soft surface, for example a towel. Now you can attach the second acrylic sheet to the wood. Et voilà, your new knife block is ready. Time to show off your knives!