Wooden Knife

Make Your Own Wooden Cake Knife

A wooden knife?  Why would you need a knife made out of wood?  Are you going to commit a crime and then burn the evidence?  Well… you could, but really a wooden cake knife is perfect for showing off your fantastic woodworking skills to your fancy friends with this high end piece of cutlery.  It’s also a great idea for a wedding present or that wood themed 5th anniversary gift.

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Make Your Own Wooden Knife


Pretty simple huh?  Aside from the drying time with the glue up, this could easily be knocked out over a weekend.  Have some stacks of premium scrap wood sitting around?  Looks like they potentially have a new purpose in life.

Wooden Knife ProfileAlso worth a mention, I’ve had some people voice concerns about using wood for a knife and potentially having issues with bacteria build up.  That’s why this is a decorative knife to be used specifically for foods like cakes, soft cheeses and even some fruits.  Unlike a cutting board, you won’t be scoring the surface and damaging the grain.  I used a food safe oil as well to seal the final piece, so if you hand wash it with water and soap you should be good to go!

Wait… there’s a Wooden Knife 2.0 now!  Check out the newer design!

~ Lazy Guy

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Melissa Kenis
5 years ago

What a beautiful gift this knife makes. Unique, beautiful, AND practical! Thank you for sharing. I’m going to try it. I’ve only been woodworking for a year. Wish me luck. ?

Paula
Paula
5 years ago

This is beautiful!

william flint
Reply to  Paula
1 year ago

what oil should i use for finishing a knife

william flint
Reply to  lazyguydiy
1 year ago

thanks i was going to make one for an anniversary present

Kelly Shutika
Kelly Shutika
5 years ago

I have always loved woodworking and think I’d really enjoy getting into the hobby. Where do you suggest I start building up my equipment? I definitely do not have a planer, so if that’s the case, is it easier to find a thinner piece of wood for the blade?

Thank you!

Tom Seward
Tom Seward
5 years ago

I have several pieces of 1/4 in. Walnut and Maple, would they work as well.

Aaron
Aaron
5 years ago

First off I love the project. This will make a great wedding gift! Are there any other Woods you could recommend for the blade?? I’m having a hard time finding Coffee in my area. Thanks

Leif
Leif
Reply to  lazyguydiy
1 year ago

The exotics can make for special looking knives as can spalted woods like pecan.

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Larry Jones
Larry Jones
Reply to  Aaron
1 year ago

Try Starbucks?

Cunawabi
Cunawabi
5 years ago

Made a few of my own and really helped to sell my cutting boards.

Mack
5 years ago

I love this idea ! My daughter is getting married and I’m making the cake stand for her and I’m definitely going to have to make one for her.

Cunawabi
Cunawabi
Reply to  lazyguydiy
4 years ago

How do you send a pic

Dale Kant
Dale Kant
4 years ago

Can I use an oil-based stain on the wood as long as I use food safe cutting board oil when done?

dale kant
dale kant
Reply to  lazyguydiy
4 years ago

Thanks – That’s what I thought

Dale Kant
Dale Kant
4 years ago

What about using tea as a stain before oiling

Michael Morris
Michael Morris
4 years ago

I like your design. I am going to try this

Ivan Nash
Ivan Nash
4 years ago

I loved this idea and decided to give it a try for my wedding cake knife. Worked amazingly, and with so few tools needed. And the wife loved it was well, fitting in perfectly with our rustic theme. Took the idea further adding a server and a display board but so happy with the results so thank you. Used cherry and walnut.
https://www.pinterest.co.uk/nashivan1/my-projects/wedding-cake-knife-server-and-display-board/

Steve Swan
Steve Swan
4 years ago

Just finished mine. I made the blade out of hard maple and used walnut for the handles. Used my Rigid planer to get the blank down to the right width and then cut the shape out on my scroll saw. The thinner stuff cuts a lot easier than the 4/4 scraps I was using. I used my disk sander to shape the blade. Had to do a lot of hand sanding to get it smooth because the disk sander is so rough. Then a lot of sanding to round off the handle. Also drilled a hole in the end of… Read more »

Brody
Brody
3 years ago

What is the ideal thickness of the board to start out with?

Larry G
Larry G
3 years ago

Why wasn’t the overall length given,thickness of blade and handles and length of handles for proportion? The most basic information needed was missing,not much help

ASK
ASK
2 years ago

Very nice, I ‘ve made one similar

Papa
Papa
1 year ago

Way cool!

Leif
Leif
1 year ago

I too have long made them and included them with cutting boards. About to start back.

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Al Magaw
1 year ago

I’ve been making bread/cake knives and cheese knives ( soft cheese and cheese loaf ) and been getting a nice response – spent part of my day today roughing out a dozen blank blades – tomorrow I’ll rough out the handles – the most important part of my patterns show where the holes for the ‘rivets’ ( actually bamboo dowels used for shis-kabobs – strong, consistent size, and cheap in the Chinese food section at Walmart – I glue up the handles and blade and the dowelling holds everything in place – saves a lot of sanding – spalted cherry… Read more »

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Nana
Nana
1 year ago

Beautiful! You know people are making wooden knives for toddlers because they are safe & work on a lot of foods. You need to make some! Add a small cutting board and Little Chefs everywhere will love you.

Robert
Robert
1 year ago

Would cake sit on the wood slab? Looks very nice, how much would it sell for.

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