I decided to make a magnetic knife rack and put it on the side the side of the fridge.. which would otherwise be dead space. I reused damaged the doug fir floor boards, and some door casing that were pulled out when we started the project.
Material and Required Tools:
5/16" D55 Neodymium Magnets
Wood scraps, reclaimed floor boards
Drill Press/Power Drill
5/16" Drill Bit
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Step 1: Select, Cut, and Glue
-Check each board for nails and other non-wood material, and remove, this will prevent the planer blades from being damaged.
-Set your depth and begin to run the boards through a planer, remember to take light passes usually no thicker than 1/32"
-Next you will need to run each board through your table saw taking off just enough of each side to create a clean and square edge
-Once you have squared all your edges, dry fit the boards up next to eachother and see if there are any gaps or breaks in contact, if so flip the board over on the saw and give it another pass to square the edge up
-Now you can apply wood glue to each board edge that will be making contact, ensure that there is total coverage for each contact point. Excess glue can be removed, too little may make for a broken seam.
-Set up your clamps on an even surface and place the boards in the clamps, allow 4-6 hours to dry if in a low-humidity, room temperature environment.
Step 2: Drill, Insert Magnets
-For the magnets to be most effective you will need to get as close to the surface of the wood as possible, leaving an 1/8" layer of wood if possible
-If you have a drill press you can set the depth and start drilling your holes for the magnets
-If you don't have a drill press, you can do what i did below and use painters tape to mark your depth on the drill bit to prevent from breaching the surface
-Try and dry fit a magnet in the hole you have drilled, if its snug you might be able to hammer it in with something that is softer than metal and has a similar surface area as the magnet. (this will prevent the magnet from chipping or being damaged)
-If there is any wiggle room, or it can be tapped in without much pressure, you will need to back fill it with epoxy to make sure it will stay in place
Step 3: Mount, and Enjoy!
The thicker the knife, the more force the magnets will have.. so this board is going to be ideal for your larger cleaver's and french knives. You may want to put extra antique hardware on your board for you bread and paring knives that have a slimmer profile.
Hope you enjoyed this project. :D