In Drawer Knife Block

in drawer knife block plans
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Make your own in drawer knife block with free plans from This very easy to build kitchen drawer organizer is designed to fit almost any size drawer, hold five standard sized knives.  Step by step plans with video tutorial, cut list and shopping lists.

I'm on a mission to have as little as possible on my kitchen countertops.  It's so much easier to clean a kitchen when you don't have to move things out of the way to wipe down countertops, and I love the bare, clean look.  And who doesn't want more countertop space to work with?

But what to do with the knives?  How do I get the knife block off the kitchen countertops?

Well, I added a drawer under our cooktop (that met clearances) and built this awkward looking thing (in about 10 minutes using scrap wood)

in drawer knife holder

And fit it inside a drawer,

diy in drawer knife holder

Since it's super rare for me not to need a cutting board at the same time as a knife, I added the cutting boards to the other side of the drawer

in drawer knife block

This in drawer knife block has been the best thing ever! I've had zero regrets and am confident this is a great plan that will make your life better and easier.




In Drawer Knife Block Features

  • Fits almost any sized drawer (so makes a great gift too!)
  • Keeps knives secure in the drawer
  • Can be customized for more (or less) knives easily
  • Easy to build with basic tools and materials
  • About $20 for all new materials, use scrap wood to make it for free!



In Drawer Knife Block Video Tutorial

For the visual learners, we put together a quick video showing all the steps.



In Drawer Knife Holder Plans

Time to build it yourself! The free step by step plans are below.  Please send in a photo or let us know how you like this project.

in drawer knife block plans

in drawer knife block plans
Fits most standard sized kitchen drawers


Shopping List
  • 1/4" plywood, at least 9-5/8" x 24" (best if plywood species matches drawer interior bottom)
  • 1 - 2x2 @ 4 feet long (hardwood preferred, but can use softwood 2x2s)
  • 1 - 1x2 @ 20"
  • 3/4" and 1-1/4" brad nails
  • quick dry or hot glue suitable for wood


Cut List

1 - 1/4" plywood @ 9-5/8" x 24" (can be cut to fit the depth of drawer right now too)

6 - 2x2 @ 7-7/8"

2 - 1x2 @ 9-5/8"

Tape Measure
Speed Square
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Circular Saw
Miter Saw
Brad Nailer
Power Sander


Step 1

Use quick dry or hot glue to position the 2x2s and tack to the 1/4" plywood back, even spaces in between.

Once glue is dry, flip over and attach on back side with 1-1/4" brad nails.

Step 2

Repeat steps for the 1x2 knife handle support and the 1x2 divider.

Make sure you use shorter 3/4" nails when attaching the knife handle support piece.

Step 3

This in drawer knife holder is designed to work with almost any sized kitchen drawer.  Simply trim the bottom to fit snugly in your drawer, so the insert isn't moving around when the drawer opens and closes.