Check out this creative and cheap way to store your knives. A wooden magnetic knife holder block allows you to display, store, and easily access your kitchen cutlery making this project a double win- it looks great and is super functional! Stop wrestling around with loose knifes in the silverware drawer and get rid of that huge space eating knife block ASAP and create this project in no time and little cost! Read on for the instructions…
Supplies you’ll need to build a magnetic knife holder:
- 3/4 inch wooden block (here we used a thin piece of walnut)
- 3/4 inch forstner drill bit
- super glue
- 3/4 inch round extra heavy duty magnets (number need varies based on how long your wooden block is)
- spray lacquer finish
- 2 small brackets and 4 small nails
Instructions to start building your magnetic knife holder:
Step 1: Prepare the woodblock
Source your wood and cut to size with a saw if needed (ours was 3/4 inch thick, approximately 2.5 inches tall and 8 inches long but your length and height dimensions can vary based on your custom size needs). Your local hardware store may be able to do this for you if you do not have a saw.
Step 2: Drill the holes
Using the drill and the 3/4 inch forstner bit, drill 2 rows of holes on the back of the wooden block. Drill them close together and depress the drill about 1/2 inch in without penetrating through to the front so that the magnets will sit close to the front surface of the block.
Step 3: Add super glue
Once all the holes are in place, dab super glue into each hole and drop the magnets down into each hole. Make sure that they are all dropped in the same direction so that the knives will magnetize through the wood. Let the glue and magnets dry in place.
Step 4: Spray paint
Once the super glue is dry, use spray lacquer to apply a thin coat of finish to the front of the block. This will keep the wood protected over time if you are sticking a knife to the block that may not be completely dry after use or washing.
Step 5: Add brackets and hang
To finish up this project, put 2 brackets on the back of the block to allow for hanging. Hammer short nails into the brackets to keep them in place and space them towards each end of the block to better support the weight of the knives.
Once the project is finished, place 2 screws with distance measured and spaced based on your bracket placement into the wall or cabinet where you plan to hang your new knife holder. Hang and stick up your knives!