DIY Magnetic Knife Holder


Every kitchen must have knives, though storing them can be a problem. Knives in drawers dull easily from being knocked around and pose danger to questing fingers. Butcher block knife holders are often bulky and take up valuable counter space. One simple and clever solution is the magnetic knife rack. These racks screw into your wall above your workspace and hold the knives in easy reach yet still out of the way. You needn't purchase one of these racks; you can make one at home.

Things You'll Need

  • Wooden strip
  • Sandpaper
  • Wood conditioner
  • Soft cloth
  • Pencil
  • Level
  • Strip magnets
  • Hot glue
  • Screws
  • Hand drill
  • Sand your wooden strip to make it smooth and free of splinters. Use coarse sandpaper first, wipe the wood down with a soft cloth and sand again with fine paper. The finish should feel silky smooth. Your strip should be at least 1/2 inch thick and 3 inches wide.

  • Rub wood conditioner into your wooden strip with a soft cloth. Allow the conditioner to settle over night. Wood conditioner seals the wood from moisture and rot.

  • Make marks about 1 inch apart at one end of your wooden strip with a pencil. Place a level against each mark and extend them across the length of the strip. This marks where your magnets will go.

  • Unroll and snip off as much magnet strip as you need. For instance, a 3-foot wood strip needs about 68 inches of magnet, 34 inches for each strip. Flip the magnets over and peel away the adhesive film. Run a bead of hot glue over the first strip, press it in place right above your top pencil mark and repeat with the next strip.

  • Allow the glue to dry overnight for best results. Place the strip against your wall and drive screws through either end, between the magnetic strips. Lay your knives against the magnets to store them.

Tips & Warnings

  • Match your knife rack to the rest of your kitchen by covering it with decorative fabric. Simply cut your fabric to size, spray you rack with adhesive and wrap the fabric around it. The magnets should still work through the fabric.
  • Use strong magnets, like Rare Earth, for your knife rack. Flimsy magnets can be a hazard if they drop your knives.

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