Knives, Magnets and Order




Hello, everybody!
Today on repertoaire: kitchen drawer. And inside bulk of fine knives tumbling. What a mass! No respact to fine tools! Lets make order! I ordered new magnets 12mm dia, Strong. Very strong. Made form rare earth - neodymium. Why so strong? You shall see...

Step 1: Test I.

Magnets chosen- arrived. But, first to test! Glass is 8mm thick and as you can see - they hold!

Step 2: Good Will and Tool

I purchase the plate from the same material as kitchen (olive veneer chipboard 100x400x19mm), PVC edged. Drills, .. and let's go!

Step 3: Drilling

Holes are from back side deep 18mm. Magnets patiently waiting. I choose 5 lines with 3 holes- wide total 85 mm. For 5 knives. You can chose how much you want....

Step 4: Hidden

This is thousand word photo. Magnets are in own places. Hole is 18mm deep and baord is 19 mm thick
1 mm cover!  Now you can imagine why magets are so strong...

Step 5: Test II.

Prepared for fastening. Wall bolts got plastic cups. For decoration.
Final test. It hold.  You can put 5 knives on...and what, for good sake, hold this knives?

Step 6: So,so

So, test before mounting...

Step 7:

And this is it!
Well, what you think? Can you see magnets?  Is the board surface clean? Are the knives glued??
Now, you see, why I wanted strong magnets!  Magic



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    23 Discussions


    7 years ago on Introduction

    I did something similar but utilized 1" Diameter and 1/8" thick magnets with the cups to increase the force. A fostnor bit to drill close to the surface, this was a little bit of testing to find the optimal depth.

    Two of the magnets I turned around to hide the mounting. They have a slight recess to catch two washers screwed into the wall to hold them up.

    The finish is cutting board finish and it can be easily taken down to clean.

    If I was to do it again i would probably make it taller and stagger the magnets.


    9 years ago on Introduction

    You could use a plastic or Teflon cutting board for this project.  Then throw it in the dishwasher to clean it periodically. 

    You could also cover the wood with a sheet of copper.  Copper stains and turns ugly but copper is antibacterial and will not support germs.  But that might start electrolysis from the dissimilar metals in contact with possible moisture.  Hmmmmm.  I think I'm back to plastic.  Plastic veneer for table tops would do it. 

    Fabric is another option.  With the strength of your magnets you could probably use a folded up towel and still have the knives stick.  But I was thinking of a removable fabric cover for the wood base.  You could wash it periodically. final random thought on this.  Ceramic tiles.  You'd have to drill into them somehow. 

    2 replies

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    Well, on the worlds famous shop...for example...:

    You can select according your idea...


    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    ebay is just not an famous shop. it's an dropshipper zone.
    Everything on ebay can be found cheaper elsewhere, stay away of ebay!


    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    Advise accepted. My experience show different. If you knew what you want...where, how much, all cost on end... But, thanks!


    9 years ago on Introduction

    Nice job.
    What type of drilling-bit did you use, I guess you went down to the veneer with it?
    Are the magnets glues, or do I read correctly that they didn't need it?


    2 replies

    First a small 6 mm usual drill.  1 mm till "venner" from back side. According diameter of magnets I choose a drill 12,5 mm which is standard. Magnets free - no glue. They are tight in hole but free.

    Most important is hygiene collect in knife block everything ... including germs and knives are clean and dry...and stay sharp.

    Very true - especially as I can never remember which knife I used for what (several of the originals were lost, and their replacements are difficult to distinguish between), so I always grab the filleting knife to cut pork or veggies.
    I may try making a larger version of this sometime - I think I have 14 or 15 knives to hang and tons of rare-earth magnets lying around from older projects.

    Doctor What

    9 years ago on Introduction

     I've seen this before.  It works well with metal spice containers too!

    Nice simple design.  I would stain it though....