Woodworking Projects

Knife Tray

knife tray

Date Constructed:

November 2002




12" wide x 8.25" deep x 5" high


Minwax Red Oak


Minwax Fast Drying Satin Polyurethane

What I Learned:

This project taught me how to use the compound functionality of my compound miter saw. It took a lot of experimentation to get the corners right. Download an Excel spreadsheet that helps you calculate compound miter angles.

What Didn't Work:

Glue - I had a problem getting rid of wood glue along the joints after the project had been assembled. As a result, there are some places where the lumber didn't take the stain. I'll work harder at sanding in the corners on the next project.

Get the Plan:

Go to The Woodworker's Journal web site, then search for "knife tray".