I love projects that make use of old materials, especially when they take just a few easy steps to complete. This quick and easy reclaimed-wood knife rack from Nick Ward-Bopp is something you could probably finish in a couple hours, and as he points out below, it’s a great way to make use of empty space on the side of your fridge or on your kitchen walls or cabinets. I might gussy up my version a bit by mixing in fresh wood and possibly painting a design on it. I’ve never used neodymium magnets, though, so I’m thrilled to see a project that proves their strength and usefulness. Thanks for sharing, Nick! — Kate
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I wanted to incorporate high-powered neodymium magnets into a project, and I had a small pile of leftover walnut wood scraps and old Douglas fir floorboards. I decided to marry the two materials and make a reclaimed-wood magnetic knife rack and put it on the side of the fridge, which would otherwise be dead space. — Nick
- 5/16″ neodymium magnets
- wood scraps, reclaimed floorboards
- antique/distressed hardware
- mitre saw
- power drill
- 5/16″ drill bit
- painter’s tape
- wood glue
- super glue
1. Gather assorted wood scraps or reclaimed floorboards that have similar dimensions in length, width, and especially thickness. Using a saw, square the edge of each board by cutting off any uneven or damaged areas. Organize the boards in a way that mixes colors and woods and is aesthetically appealing.
4. For the magnets to be most effective, you will need to get as close to the surface of the wood as possible, leaving a 1/8″ layer of wood if possible. You can tap the magnets into place with a hammer and an unsharpened pencil. If they do not feel secure, you can back fill it with super glue or epoxy.
5. Check the magnetic force of your knives. The thicker the knife, the more force the magnets will have. This magnetic knife rack will be ideal for your larger cleaver and French knives. You may want to put extra antique hardware on your board for you bread and paring knives that have a slimmer profile.
6. Now you will need to attach the knife rack to your wall/fridge/cabinets. I used the original hinge screws and wood as a clever way to secure it to the side of the fridge. You could also countersink the screws, or if you are going into brick, you can use lag shields to anchor your board. If you are mounting onto drywall/plaster, I recommend molly/toggle bolts to securely fasten it.