Recipe Block

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Project by SPalm posted 07-23-2014 08:03 PM 3551 views 48 times favorited 32 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is pretty cool; a magnetic recipe holder for the kitchen. Or you could use it on your desk to hold papers. It will hold several papers at a time. The small curve keeps the paper from folding or falling over even though the block is small. I saw an item being sold called a Recipe Rock and thought I could build one out of wood. Many ways of doing it, but this is how I did it.

They are made out of cherry as I seem to have a bunch of it these days. You could build up a block out of multi-colored wood if wanted. I made four at a time. They are 3 inches wide, 3 inches tall and about 2 and 1/4 inches deep. I wanted enough wood to create some weight.

So I started with a stick of cherry and marked off 3 inch segments with a gap between them. I used a plastic top from a tub that was about 8 inches around to draw the arcs. I drew an arc on each segment and cut them out using the end of my belt sander – sanding to the line.

I put a nice large round over on the top edge using the router table. Next I tilted the fence of the jointer and jointed several passes until I had a nice bevel. Then off to the chop saw and cut them apart. I drilled holes into the face and glued in a Rare Earth magnet. Sanding and buffing was used to bring them to a nice sheen.

I used the magnets that I had. They are 1/4 inch around and 1/2 inch long. They are said to have a 6 pound pull and seem to do quite nicely. I ordered the balls from Amazon; they are 5/8 inch diameter. I tried some wooden pulls with magnets glued in, but the balls are just too cool.

There is some discussion here on the angle of the block. I have made 10, 20, and 30 degree versions. I think the 20 degree version works best while Karen likes 30 degrees, but the angle of the viewer must be kept in perspective.

Remember as the Swedish Chef would say “Börk Börk Börk. Ehula Hule de Chokolad Muus.”

Makes a nice quick present. I already have orders.

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#1 posted 07-23-2014 08:11 PM

Very cool Steve and the curved front keeps paper from “folding” while attached. Nice!

-- Dennie - Tennessee

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#2 posted 07-23-2014 08:13 PM

This is a good one. Bork, bork, bork!

-- Author of POWER CARVING BOOTS & SHOES - Schiffer Publishing. Available online or your favourite bookstore.

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#3 posted 07-23-2014 08:22 PM

Cool project Steve.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#4 posted 07-23-2014 08:25 PM

Very nice Steve. I showed it to my wife and she liked it a lot. Great idea and great design too. You always come up with brainy stuff.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#5 posted 07-23-2014 08:41 PM

Very Neat Idea! Steve

-- Nick, Virginia,

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#6 posted 07-23-2014 09:10 PM

Very cool idea…..will definitely have to use up some scrapes and build a few of these…...thanks Steve….

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#7 posted 07-23-2014 09:20 PM

Simply elegant !!! I have a box of 20, 2.5-ounce, stone fishing sinkers that I didn’t know what to do with … UNTIL NOW.

They’re perfectly-turned “eggs”, so dropping then into a chunk of wood shouldn’t be a problem.

I don’t have a jointer (so shoot me), but I don’t see why I couldn’t cut the bevel on my table saw.

Christmas gifts? Check. :)

-- John - Central Ohio - "too much is never enough"

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#8 posted 07-23-2014 09:31 PM

Thanks everyone.

@John: There are a billion ways to make this type of thing. I just happened to put new blades in my jointer so that is how I angled it – and I wanted to show a new technique to some that might not have seen it. A bandsaw also comes to mind. Also making a dual bevel on the bottom so it could be tilted at two different angles might be cool.

Everyone who has seen them thinks they are pretty neat. Kind of a “why didn’t I think of that?”.
Gifts? Check.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#9 posted 07-23-2014 09:33 PM

Neat! I like the curved front to make sure tall papers will not fold over.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#10 posted 07-23-2014 09:37 PM

That’s about the handiest idea I’ve seen since sliced bread.

Very kind of you to share this project.
Work Safely and have Fun. – Len

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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#11 posted 07-23-2014 09:41 PM

Simple yet elegant. Great design!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#12 posted 07-23-2014 09:55 PM

From concept, to execution, to finished product…well done.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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#13 posted 07-23-2014 11:11 PM

Now that is not something you see everyday…. good on ya…

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#14 posted 07-23-2014 11:18 PM

Very ingenious there, Steve!! What a neat idea!!............Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#15 posted 07-24-2014 12:27 AM

What a great creation.
Permission to steal for my kitchen, please.

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