I mentioned last week that I was going to try to organize my entire house. Normally, I would strategically go room by room and complete one whole room before moving on to the next. But, with my lack of motivation, I wanted to get my biggest bang for my buck (so to speak). Basically, I want to first work on areas that are bothering me the most or have been on my to do list for the longest time.

DIY knife drawer block with knives

First up was creating a new drawer for knife storage. As it were, we had a knife block on the counter and a drawer of other knives. I would have loved to just put all the knives we use in the knife block, but the nice newer knives we inherited didn’t fit. So I had duplicates and knives in two different places.

old knife block old knife drawer

First step was to get out all the knives and see what I had. I was able to pare down some of the knives. (I probably could have pared down even more, but since they would all fit in the one drawer, I was happy with what I got rid of.)

lay out all knives

I emptied out the drawer I would be using. Vacuumed it really well. Then, I added some shelf liner I had left over from my bathroom organization (purchased at Dollar Tree).

knife drawer before contact paper in drawer

I first looked on Amazon, the Container Store, Bed, Bath and Beyond, Walmart and Target to try to find a knife block that would fit in the drawer right by the stove next to my dishwasher. This counter is where I do most of my cooking prep, so it made the most sense. All were either too big or too expensive.

I did a Google image search for DIY drawer knife blocks and saw several options I would be able to do myself.

So, I went out to our scrap wood pile to see what I could find. I found some pieces of 1 1/2″ x 1 1/2″ wood and also 1″ x 1/2″ wood. Using our Ryobi compound miter saw, I cut them each down to the width of my drawer.

I drew lines where I wanted each cut to be to put the knives in. My piece of wood was 9 1/8″ and I separated them by 3/4″ so I was able to get 11 slots in the larger piece.

mark wood


ryobi compound miter saw to cut notches


Originally I tried just cutting down with the compound miter saw using the metal guide that is attached. This didn’t work because it was cutting my notches at an angle. I ended up using a scrap piece of 1 1/2 x 1 1/2″ wood between the metal guide and the piece I was cutting. I was careful to hold the pieces tightly together. (Sorry I didn’t have a picture of this, but it was a last minute adjustment and I had no more hands.)

The smaller piece of wood I cut was for the handles to rest on. After cutting all the pieces and notches, I sanded the wood smooth.

sand wood smooth

I then measured from the front of the drawer to the first piece of wood. It was 5″. I made another set of wood pieces. This time since they would hold smaller knives, I made the slots 1/2″ apart.

DIY knife drawer divider

I had to cut a larger notch for the crinkle blade for our mandolin type cutter.

DIY knife drawer block

Now, all my knives fit neatly inside the drawer, and I was able to get the knife block off my counter. The few little items left in the original knife drawer are being relocated to my utensil drawer after I can find some drawer dividers that will fit in our small drawers.

It feels good to get my first project done for Project OrganizeWhat organizing project have you tackled this week?

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Laura Silva

13 Comments on DIY: Knife Drawer Block

  1. I’m so excited I spotted this at Tatertots and Jello!! I have been looking for something that would fit in my drawer – with no luck – never considered doing it myself!! This is perfect – pinned!!

  2. good job–looks great! In each of my kitchen drawers I organized all the ‘stuff’ into piles, then designed separator grids which hubby made with wood. he cut 2×4’s into 1/4″ thickness by 2.5″ height and made the grids for me, including a frame. They basically push right in each drawer. I just LOVE them. We combined households when we married and had a lot of silverware, and it is all separated and organized in one drawer, and there is room for more. I have another drawer for serving spoons which is separated by size, another for serving forks and metal spatulas, one for knives, one for baking stuff like measuring cups, spoons, etc, one for misc stuff like can openers, peelers, wine openers, basters, garlic presses, ice cream scoops and the like, and the drawer near the sink is separated for sink stoppers, matches, hand brushes, bag clips, and those lighter things for candles/grills and such.
    Everything has it’s own place. Each of these drawers are the top one only–I didn’t separate the lower, deeper drawers. It was so cheap, and is so convenient, I love it! I can send you pics if you are interested… let me know. Each separator is unique to its contents–to my contents, and not some generic fits-all-size organizer. It’s the ultimate drawer organizer! (I’ve even got a couple of them in my bathroom drawers and my dresser.)

    • I am thinking I might have to make something for my other drawers as well. It is really hard for me to find something to fit my strange small-sized drawers without spending a fortune! Sounds like you are really organized. It is so nice to be able to have a place for everything.

  3. Awesome idea! I love that this is such a low cost solution. I need to do something like this for my silverware drawer, the forks are taking over the knives. :) Stopping by from Sugar Bee Crafts.

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