Magnetic Knife Board

Magnetic Knife Board

This do-it-yourself project makes a unique magnetic knife rack out of reclaimed wood.

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Knife set
Reclaimed wood, approximately 9” x 18” x 1”
(Approximately 100) 3/4” round heavy-duty magnets
Drill with 3/4” Forstner bit and Phillips head bit
Super glue gel
Painter’s tape
Safety glasses
(2) Hanging hooks
(4) 3/4” wood screws

*Holes for the magnets will be drilled in the back of the reclaimed wood leaving the front untouched but magnetic


1. Decide which side of the wood you like the look of and place that side face down on the work surface

2. To determine how deep to drill into the wood, a piece of painter’s tape will be wrapped around the Forstner bit at the correct depth. Hold the Forstner bit up to the side edge of the wood, just above the work surface. Wrap a piece of painter’s tape around the Forstner bit flush with the wood surface (See images below)

3. Put on safety glasses. Using a drill with the tape-marked 3/4” Forstner bit, drill a hole through the back of the wood, making sure not to go deeper than the tape line on the bit

Expert Tip: If the wood has sloping sides and is narrower on the front than the back, only drill through parts of wood with 1” thickness.

4. Continue drilling holes in close together rows through the wood until the back is covered (See images below)


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Expert Tip: There may be more holes than are needed for the magnets but making extra holes will give you options for magnet placement.


5. Three magnets will be needed per hole to ensure they are strong enough to hold the knives through the wood. Stack the magnets into groups of three. Add 2 or 3 drops of super glue gel into one of the holes. Drop a stack of three magnets into the hole. The top magnet should be flush with top of the wood. If it is not flush, remove the magnets and drill the hole slightly deeper (See images below)

Expert Tip: If you’re unsure if a hole is deep enough, test its depth with three magnets before adding super glue gel.

6. Continue adding magnets to the holes. To determine which holes are best to place the magnets, test with a knife on the front as you go. If the knife isn’t holding, add some more magnets in that section (See image below)


7. Place two hanging hooks on the back of the wood at the top and in between the magnet holes (See image below)

8. Secure the hanging hooks in place using a drill with a Phillips head bit and (2) 1/2” wood screws per hook (See image below)

9. Hang the rack on the wall and place your knives along the rack

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