Wall Mounted Magnetic Knife Holder

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Project by cmmyakman posted 04-30-2019 08:43 PM 1200 views 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

I have a variety of knives that I kept in the top shelf of a cabinet. BTW – that’s not a good place to keep knives as I probably came close to going to the hospital on two separate occasions as taking out one knife sometimes “drags” a second knife out with it.

My wife likes the counter-top in the kitchen to be clear, so I didn’t want to have another standard knife block on it. I wanted to do a magnetic knife holder that sat back on the wall, yet the knife handles would be proud of the counter-top back splash and make it easier to grab onto the handles. I wasn’t sure how to install the magnets so they would be strong enough to hold the knives. I thought about routing a channel for magnetic bars and then I stumbled across this video:

The YouTube video by Bork Wood was great, and I followed it pretty closely, except where he put in the E6000 to hold the magnets in place, I put in silicone adhesive. I also used Keyhole hangers, where as Bork Wood routed out the keyhole.

The other secret is to put the wood onto a metal sheet when installing/adhering the magnets in place, otherwise they will jump out at you and come together.

I ordered my neodymium magnets from eBay – 1/2 inch diameter x 1/4 inch thick.

The knife block exceeded my expectations for holding the knives firmly. The key was after routing out the holes to the same depth, then running the top surface on a planer and getting the distance from the end of the magnet cavity to the top surface to be a hair over 1/16 of an inch. I used a dial caliper to get the depth measurement of the exterior dimensions of the wood and then compared it to the depth for the hole by using the rod that extends from the caliper and snuck up on the 1/16” difference at the planer.

Note: this project wouldn’t work as well with a drill press as the drill bit has an apex, while the router bit leaves a flat bottomed hole.

Here are some extra pics of the project:

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#1 posted 05-02-2019 08:12 PM

That looks really good. I love a simple but nice looking project.


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