Fabrication of a
Cutlery Rack
for the Galley


Seeing as keeping the cook happy always makes for pleasant cruising I decided to fabricate a teak cutlery rack to hold her favorite knives as well as the ice pick.


Material Required:

1 pc teak 2.25" x 3.5" x 8" ($9.50 at Exotic Lumber)

1 pc 3/32 teak plywood 3.5" x 12" (on hand)

Total cost of this project: $9.50


Tools required:

Phillips screwdriver

Table saw

3/8 in. electric drill

1/8 in. x 7 in. drill bit

Saber saw

Small block plane

Finishing sander


I started with a block of teak that measured 2.25 in. x 3.5 in. x 8 in. and a piece of 3/32 in. teak plywood that was cut to 3.5 in. x 12 in. The various knives were measured to determine the depth of the slots which would hold them.

The block was then run through the table saw with the depth of the cuts set to match the width of the knife blades. Once the 4 slots were cut, the corners of the teak block were rounded and the block was sanded.

Teak block after cutting slots with table saw

Using a saber saw, the top radius was cut in the plywood backing plate. Two countersunk mounting holes were also drilled in the plywood to attach it to the galley bulkhead. Next, the plywood was screwed to the back side of the teak block.

Using an extended length drill bit (1/8 in. x 7 in. long) a hole was drilled in the top of the block to accept the ice pick.

The assembly now received 6 coats of Z-Spar Captains varnish and was secured to the bulkhead beneath the galley sink and next to the stove/oven.

Cutlery rack after installation in galley

This project took approximately 2 hours plus varnishing time to complete.


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