Make Space With a Magnetic Knife Holder




Introduction: Make Space With a Magnetic Knife Holder

This was a spur of the moment project that took less than 2 hours and cost less than 10$.

Many of us have those drawers or knife blocks that dull our blades or take up space. With a new and expensive knife on the way i wanted to build a holder that would protect the blade from unnecessary damage as well as keeping it out of the way and easily accessible


• 0.7 in. Neodymium Rare-Earth Magnet Discs (3 per Pack)
• 1/2 in. x 3 in. x 3 ft. S4S Oak Hobby Board
• wood glue
• Wood stain (optional)
• Food grade mineral oil
• sandpaper 150 grit


• Table saw (what i used) OR router OR plainer
• 3/4 inch drill bit and drill (if your not using a router)

Step 1: The Wooden Half

the theory is simple, make the wood thin enough that a magnet can hold a knife through it.

I'll outline three different methods to do this.

Method 1 (using a table saw)

This is the way I made mine as I did not have the proper router bits

this method is clearly illustrated in the pictures. essentially you create your own veneer

I cut mine about 1/16th thick using the excess of the wood i bought to test the cut thickness beforehand

Method 2 (using a router)

This is the recommend method as there will be no visible seams

If you have a router and a dado router bit you will simply make a plunge cut in the shape of the magnet you are using at a depth 1/16th of an inch short of the total depth of the wood.

Method 3 (wood veneer)

If you have access to wood veneer you can continue to the next step

Step 2: Safety First

** Make sure your magnet is Strong enough! **

Ensuring that the magnet can hold the knife securely through the wood will help prevent any future accidents.

Step 3: Drill Holes

Find a drill bit the size of the magnet you are using (it can be slightly larger) and space them appropriately.

I spaced them 1.5 inches from the edge and 3 inches apart on center. This will leave enough room between most knifes without wasting space.

Step 4: Consider How You Want to Hang or Mount It

I used drills and blades to carve a mounting hole for a standard wall screw however mounting plates can be bought as seprate mountable hardware. you may need to get creative depending on your mounting loction.

Step 5: Attaching the Veneer

Apply glue and clamp. you can get creative if you're like me and don't own clamps. I used 25lb weights to apply even pressure. try to clamp quickly as the veneer may want to warp once in contact with the glue.

Step 6: Finishing

finishing will ensure smooth and water resistant surface finish. I started by trimming excess glue with a razer blade and sanding from 80 to 150 grit by hand. I stained and treated it with a food grade mineral oil to protect it from moisture.

The concept is simple and I encourage you to get creative with your materials.

Enjoy your new magnetic knife holder and open counter space!

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    6 Discussions


    4 years ago

    I love the idea. As soon as I saw the photo, before I even clicked it I knew you had used rare earth magnets. Then I asked myself hadn't I thought of this. It looks very clean. Good show!!


    4 years ago

    Love the intractable.

    When you drill the hole how do you get deep enough and not have the tip of the wood drill bit poke thru? that bit has almost a 1/4" tip.


    Reply 4 years ago

    I'm glad you like it, you do drill all the way through the thicker section of wood the pictures in step 3 may help. If you have a drill press or a router you could also use a flat cutting bit. these don't have centering points. I believe it's also called a Dado bit.

    Renarde Rousse
    Renarde Rousse

    4 years ago

    I purchased one of these years ago. I still use it, although it is basically a black magnet screwed to the wall. I'll have to use your example and fit a board over it. Much classier.


    4 years ago

    To be my first DIY after Christmas. Thank you.


    4 years ago

    Now that is one cool idea!