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.
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.
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.)
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).
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.
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.
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.
I had to cut a larger notch for the crinkle blade for our mandolin type cutter.
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 Organize. What organizing project have you tackled this week?