If you have read our recent top 5 electric carving knife review article, you will be aware of the main uses of an electric knife and just how damn convenient they are inside the kitchen.
And while the gadget is a regular sight at the Thanksgiving table, if you’re struggling to find uses for it past the tearing of the holiday turkey… well we are here to help.
The fact is, an electric carving knife has many uses beyond slicing poultry. If you’re up for a bit of DIY or enjoy the occasional DIY upholstery project you will find the tool extremely helpful for all manner of household tasks.
Here’s our top 10 list of electric knife uses that have nothing to do with cutting meat.
Top 10 uses of an electric carving knife (outside of the kitchen)
1. Reconditioning Old Chairs
First up some upholstery – use your knife to cut neat shaped foam cushions to add to bar stools, wooden piano stools, decrepit old chairs or anything else you might like to plant your bum on to
2. Some Sound Proofing
Do you have noisy neighbours? (Or maybe you’re the noisy one now that you’ve decided to take up the drums.) Cancel out the decibels by cutting sound-absorbing acoustic tiles to fit to the walls.
3. Make A comfy Pillow
Maybe you have trouble sleeping, or you would like to make your own baby-feeding cushion. With an electric knife you can cut a custom shaped foam pillow with expert like precision.
4. DIY Plumbing
Maybe some household plumbing is required. If you need some PVC pipes or insulation cut to size, you know what tool to turn to.
5. Recycling The Easy Way
Ripping up cardboard boxes to fit into the recycling bin can sometimes take Herculean type strength. Not with an electric carving knife.
6. Cutting it Straight
Have you ever tried cutting styrofoam in straight line with a utility knife? If you’re anything like me the path of straightness is worse than a drunk man on a circus bike. Your electric friend will make short work of such tasks and all with the pleasing perpendicular unity of a crossword puzzle.
7. Festive Foam Fun
More foam fun – sculpt floral foam holiday decorations of all shapes and sizes.
8. Let’s Not Forget Foam Batting
What about foam batting insulation we hear you cry – your knife will cut through with no hint of protest from the electric motor whir.
9. And That Mattress
Finally on the foam front, if you have a large mattress that needs a bit of resizing, well you get the idea.
10. Back in the Kitchen
Okay so this one is inside the kitchen, but it has nothing to do with cutting ingredients. When baking an impressive cake of tiered proportions, use your trusty electric carving knife to cut small wooden dowels to the correct size to act as the supports for each layer.
And there you have it, 10 projects that put your electric knife to good use. Because let’s face it, once you’ve invested in one of these fantastic little tools, the power of the slice is borderline addictive – you’ll end up cutting things just for the sheer pleasure of it. Just don’t get too carried away, some things are probably best left to their original dimensions.
Further Reading: Top 5 Best Electric Carving Knives Reviewed