Scrap Wood Travel Knife Sheath

Scrap Wood Travel Knife Sheath

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This week’s woodworking build video is wooden knife sheaths for my friends who work at one of my favorite restaurants. These things are made from zebrawood, walnut, wenge and leopardwood. I finished them with wax thread and they came out so cool. I really can’t wait to see what you create! Let me know what you’d like to see next. Thanks for watching! Please like, comment and subscribe. Cheers!
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  1. Nathan on December 18, 2022 at 12:58 am

    I love that you have a custom holder on your apron for you combination squared

  2. James Wakim on December 18, 2022 at 12:59 am

    Very cool! As many others say, it would have bee nice to see the reactions at the new sheaths. I’m assuming though that the recipients did not want to be on video? Also, contrary to almost every one else, I really like the "leather wrap" lock. The only reason there would be to use a magnet in the sheath was if the knife is being put in and pulled out of the sheath constantly all day long rather than just being used for transport like I’m guessing these sheaths will be used for.

  3. Dana Carstensen on December 18, 2022 at 1:01 am

    Epoxying a small neodymium magnet inside would keep the knife solidly in there I’m thinking.

  4. Rick F on December 18, 2022 at 1:02 am

    Liked this idea, then lost me with the CNC. Not sure why craftspeople call it hand made. IT:S A MACHINE.

  5. Arnaldo Mapelli on December 18, 2022 at 1:04 am

    What is the name of the software you use to measure the knifes?

  6. ejd53 on December 18, 2022 at 1:08 am

    The name you’re looking for is Saya, and sealing the inside is not necessary. Traditionally they are cut with chisels and they are kept in the saya by a wooden pin, not twine.

  7. Travis Rau on December 18, 2022 at 1:09 am

    You ever go to Finney’s craft house in Santa Barbara? If not you need to check it out.

  8. Mark on December 18, 2022 at 1:13 am

    Is Jonathan the Jimmy Kimmel of woodworking, or is Jimmy Kimmel the Katz-Moses of late night t.v.?

  9. simon boyden on December 18, 2022 at 1:13 am

    Very cool

  10. bigscreen bird on December 18, 2022 at 1:15 am

    Damnit I wanted a reveal! Would’ve been really cool.

  11. Eric Justice on December 18, 2022 at 1:16 am

    I had heart palpitations when he said "we need to drill a hole through each knife." glad he meant on the sheaths. I would never bring my knives back to him for sharpening again lol.

  12. Tilman Bauer on December 18, 2022 at 1:16 am

    They look gorgeous, nice video! Is Wenge a good choice though? It’s allergenic and the dust is toxic, so when the knife scrapes some material off on the inside… is that something you worry about?

  13. Jk Canvas on December 18, 2022 at 1:17 am

    Genius idea and well done. Always love watching your video’s and your projects are super easy to follow.

  14. Jay Cook on December 18, 2022 at 1:17 am

    Well what did your friends say did they like it

  15. Bert Morenstein on December 18, 2022 at 1:17 am

    Nice job, they look great. One thinbg about magnets is that stainless steel knives may not have enough attraction to work well. Japanese knives have used wooden sheathesor ‘sayas’ for centuries. They use ho wood which is similar to poplar. Light and straight grained wood that is soft and won’t damage very delicate edges. Instead of a tie, the edge side of the saya extends past the choil and sits just below the handle. It is held in place with a bamboo peg that prevents the knives from sliding out. It is the simplest and cheapest solution. And they don’t finish the wood. They rely on wood’s natural property oif not harboring bacteria for very long

  16. Don Vanco on December 18, 2022 at 1:18 am

    Was hoping for a "reaction" video – but I can only imagine they were thrilled.

  17. Shadow X on December 18, 2022 at 1:18 am

    I didn’t know Jimmy Kimmel had a woodworking channel on YouTube. 😏

  18. Clayton Firth on December 18, 2022 at 1:20 am

    Ok… going to stop right at the beginning… WTF! What kind of chef doesn’t sharpen their own knives? That was one of the first things I was taught when I started!

    Edit: The sleeves came out brilliantly. I’ve still got friends in the industry, I think I know what they’re getting for Christmas.

  19. alex solares @!$pee! on December 18, 2022 at 1:21 am

    Dude those are badass

  20. BigMo on December 18, 2022 at 1:21 am

    I noticed your push blocks slipping on your jointer. Depending the brand, to reduce slipping I’ll either wipe the pads with denatured alcohol to enhance the stickiness or using a razor knife I’ll cut slits in the pad – acts like the sypes cut into winter tires.

  21. Jose Manuel Loarca on December 18, 2022 at 1:22 am

    Do you sell these? Or take custom orders?

  22. shrey desai on December 18, 2022 at 1:22 am

    need me some friends like this

  23. Spencer Bass on December 18, 2022 at 1:23 am

    Good video.

  24. C. Mike Longo on December 18, 2022 at 1:24 am

    As always, awesome.

  25. Mahendra Tiwari on December 18, 2022 at 1:26 am

    Katz , that looks beautiful 😊😊

  26. canid song on December 18, 2022 at 1:31 am

    I enjoyed this. I need to make koshirae for a couple swords and while I have grown to hate carving/fitting them by hand I recently started working for a company who owns a large cnc router table and I hope to talk them into allowing me to use it.

  27. Gustavo Espinoza on December 18, 2022 at 1:31 am

    Is not stupid if it works !! 🤣🤣🤣🤣 Those came out awesome!

  28. OG Timbercraft on December 18, 2022 at 1:33 am


  29. John Ritchie on December 18, 2022 at 1:33 am

    Would a tiny rare earth magnet down near the tip hold the knives in? I’m thinking bore a hole inside the sheath and glue it in before you finish the inside.

  30. This Is How I Made It on December 18, 2022 at 1:33 am

    Great one!!

  31. Alejandro Lopez on December 18, 2022 at 1:35 am

    Hey Jonathan! My former chef is a chef at the Lark in Santa Barbara. Would you mind making some for a few of my knives and I’ll buy them off you. I’m looking to support the people who support my people!

  32. Rando Random on December 18, 2022 at 1:36 am

    No reaction???
    Me sad

  33. Garrett Williams on December 18, 2022 at 1:38 am

    How did you deal with squeeze out of glue on the inside of the sheath?

  34. JJ_ Crank on December 18, 2022 at 1:39 am

    Awesome! I’ve been wanting to do this for a few of my chef’s and other cooking knives. I love the way that walnut looks.

  35. DJ Cline on December 18, 2022 at 1:39 am

    awesome work

  36. M J on December 18, 2022 at 1:39 am

    When I worked in a restaurant the chef was super picky about his knives. No one touched them and only HE would sharpen them. I guess these folks trust you a lot or they are not as fussy as this chef was. Thanks. Great idea.

  37. Conor McKee on December 18, 2022 at 1:41 am

    I need to make something like this for my carving knives… maybe mortise a small neodymium magnet on the inside to hold the sheath on. Great Idea Jonathan, well done.

  38. Charles Owens on December 18, 2022 at 1:42 am

    Nice! So did you find that it’s perfectly fine to only route one side? I’m asking because I saw you ended up routing on both sides once you tried the CNC machine. Thank you for the video!

  39. Rich Williams on December 18, 2022 at 1:44 am

    How did they feel about you drilling holes in their knives? My daughter is a chef and spends thousands on her knives.

  40. alain pilon on December 18, 2022 at 1:45 am

    I think you should have put a magnet inside to hold the blade in. But it would have made the sheath a bit thicker… Anyways, great project and I am sure your friends will be happy!

  41. Logan S on December 18, 2022 at 1:47 am

    Let me first say those sheaths are beautiful. I’m a chef who got into work working through rehandle Japanese knives and making sayas (sheath) for them. Google “saya pins” for a quicker, easier, longer term, and more food safe option of keeping the knife in place.

  42. John W on December 18, 2022 at 1:48 am

    Man I’d love some of that drop to enlay in a red oak sheath I want to do… that zebra was crazy

  43. Tim Nafziger on December 18, 2022 at 1:49 am

    AH BUMMER!! I wanted to see their reaction when you returned the knives…

  44. T brew on December 18, 2022 at 1:52 am

    Everyone is saying magnet magnet magnet, but it wont work with a lot of stainless metals.
    I am a fan of waxed hemp. I use it for many things. Ive done a few wrapped tethers like that too and people love them. I wouldnt do it on a belt knife, as you want quick acess. However a magnet button on a handle strap would work as well as a snap. Being a handle or a hilt (like this one) strap, it would not care if the knife is stainless or carbon. I like the wrap on this though. Good balance of thick and thin. Id say that twine is 20lb, and just once or twice over the heel of the blade would hold it plenty good for a kitchen knife transport. Any heavier and you risk busting the sheath, rather than the string. Good choices.
    I might use zebra wood for my next knife handle, and make it a matching sheath. I like that grain.

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  46. random consumer on December 18, 2022 at 1:55 am


  47. Don's Woodies on December 18, 2022 at 1:55 am

    Way cool. very nice of you to make them for your buddy. One thing – the way you waved that knife around made me cringe waiting for you to slice off a piece of finger. Maybe it’s just the camera angle but dang that looked close a few times. You talk with your hands like my wife. If I held her hands still her head would catch fire. LOL.

  48. don0giorgio on December 18, 2022 at 1:55 am


  49. pus meong meong on December 18, 2022 at 1:56 am

    your sheath are expensive..
    I just made few sheath kind of that by using hand tools only.. 🤭😊😊😊

  50. Ljttle Bro on December 18, 2022 at 1:56 am

    I could do this job with a blunt chisel and the wrong hammer