This knife block isn’t hard to make. So, a suitable project for beginners and younger woodworkers. The wood he used is Basswood. The one thing he forgot to do was to add drainage for the knives. You should route a little drainage channel to the back or bottom when cutting out the area for the knives. The project was meant to hold a cookbook, but you could also download recipes onto an IPad and then put the IPad on the block. I like the oil he used on the wood. It really makes the color pop. I might use it in future projects.