I have never liked having a knife block on the counter. Between hogging space to never having the correct slots I needed to come up with a solution. After a lot of internet searches and image looking, I saw what would work for me. Then I built it.
Now before you go and say something like “I don’t have a woodworking shop” you should know that I don’t either. I make do with a cluttered garage and just move stuff around as needed. As can be seen, my workbench is an old card table and when I needed the varnish or polyurethane finish to dry I turned my sauna into a multi-tasker.
I didn’t have any plans, so I purchased the hardware, the drop down springs first . Then I mocked up a cardboard tray and started measuring front to back as well as drop till I know how to cut my plywood boards. Did a rough assemble and check everything for fit. I know most commercially built cabinets like mine are a standard size but I wanted to build the largest tray that would fit.
The knives are held in place with magnetic strips designed to hold knives against the wall, readily available on Amazon. At first I had a single magnet to hold the tray up but added a second one (now one at each end) for added safety. Quite scary when the shelf drops unexpectedly.
What I really like is that I can change knives as the need arises. I built two more shelves and one is at the end of the counter and holds stuff plus a couple of knives I want handy but do not use on a weekly basis.
I felt so proud of myself I installed the third shelf under that clutter collector of a kitchen desk. This one is used to hold all those rechargeable devices, the tablets, phones etc.
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