10 Home Projects You Can Do With an Electric Knife

10 Home Projects You Can Do With an Electric Knife

Taryn Williford
Aug 31, 2011

You might recognize this gadget from your Thanksgiving table. It's an awesome tool to tear apart a cooked turkey. But an electric carving knife can earn its keep outside of the kitchen, too. Especially so if you're known to tackle the occasional DIY home improvement or upholstery project.

While a simple saw is a good addition to any tool box, it still requires a vice grip and some elbow grease to get anything done.

You might find you get more mileage out of an electric carving knife. Here are just a few projects we've done, or heard done by others, with an electric kitchen knife:

  • Cut small wooden dowels to size for a tiered cake.
  • Fit foam to upholster wooden bar stools, ottomans, headboards or anything else.
  • Cut sound-absorbing acoustic tiles to fit a wall.
  • To cut styrofoam in straight line.
  • Sculpt floral foam for holiday decorations.
  • Cut through foam batting insulation.
  • Custom-shaping a foam pillow for stomach- or side-sleepers.
  • Easily cut thin PVC pipes.
  • Cut down bulky cardboard boxes for recycling.
  • Cut a memory foam mattress to fit your bed frame.

Want to grab one? Here are a few of our favorite models:

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