Problem: So, it's spring and time to clean up our house again. Like many people, we have a collection of car keys, house keys, work keys, wallets, cell phones, dog leashes, and other odds and ends that collect on a table inside our entry door. We have a shallow pewter bowl that collects all of those things that we need to get before we leave the house and it's always overflowing.
Solution: My wife noticed in a magazine a wooden shelf for sale at Meriweather Field Gear a wonderfully creative wooden shelf with embedded rare earth magnets for organizing the type of mess that we were dealing with. I liked the product but the particular shelf that they had available was only 12" and had only 3 magnets. I knew that I could make something more suitable for our space.
Step 1: Materials and Equipment
24" x 3" x 1" craft wood board (red oak)
24" x 4" x 1" craft wood board (red oak)
(I think these were around $7 together)
3/4" spade drill bit
2 medium sized tension clamps
6 3/4" round x 1/8" round rare earth magnets - available from Magcraft through Amazon. Cost was about $17 with shipping.
Wood glue - Elmer's is what I used, but any brand is good for this
Elmer's Probond glue - nice specialty glue that I used to glue in the magnets
Sharpie (not pictured)
Wood stain - I used MinWax English Oak and Antique Walnut
Polyurethane - I used Behr semi-gloss
Brushes or rags to apply the above
2 #12 3" brass wood screws
Wall anchors to fit the above screws if you're not putting this into a stud
3-5 standard 2" wood screws
6 #10 3/4" wood screws (1/2" might have been better but I didn't have any)