Wooden knife rack

3 versions with different difficulty levels
Author: Fabian Köslin, Garstedt, Germany
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Knife rack with wall mounting

I find magnetic knife racks and knife blocks very impressive and they are definitely an eye-catcher in the kitchen. Unfortunately, the racks and blocks that you can purchase have two problems: Most are too small and very expensive. That's why I decided to design and build such a knife rack myself. Another plus is that you can hang it up on the wall, which saves space on top of it.

Material needed:
  • 1 beechwood board 500 x 250 x 27 mm
  • 1 beechwood board 350 x 150 x 18 mm
  • 2 beechwood borders 1 m 13 x 13 mm
  • 2 centre bits Ø 15 mm
  • Sand paper
  • Wood glue
  • Linseed oil
  • 50 disc magnets S-15-08-N
The first step is drilling the 50 holes. I strongly recommend using a pillar drilling machine with a stop. To make the surface more moisture resistant and visually appealing at the same time, I treated the wood with linseed oil.
Then I glued the magnets in the holes. I screwed and glued the wooden borders for the mounting on the main board. The holding board (which will be screwed on the wall later) must fit perfectly into the created frame. When you mount the board on the wall later, the main board will be fastened on the holding board sideways through the frame with screws.
The completed knife rack with knives on it looks pretty good. I am very happy with the result of my project. The knives stay securely on the rack, but can be removed without much effort.
I'd like to thank supermagnete.fr for their support. I hope my documentation can help someone recreate my project or create a similar one.

Knife rack with pedestal

Addition from customer Kay P., Nurnberg (Germany):
I was looking around for a suitable knife rack, but that ended in disappointment. So I decided to make my own.
I needed a 2,8 cm thick solid wood board made from beech tree in the dimensions:
  • 45 x 25 cm for the magnetic board and
  • 45 x 10 cm for the base
  • 86 S-05-08-N rod magnets
I cut the wood board at a diagonal angle to accommodate the various knife sizes and lengths. Then I had to drill 86 holes with exact diameters and exact depths. That sounds relatively easy, but in practice it proved to be rather time-consuming!
Finally, I carefully sanded the rack and drilled holes in the base for the mounting. Then I glued the magnets into the drilled holes and screwed the magnetic knife rack together. At the end, I only had to varnish the knife rack, and done!

Knife rack for heavy knives

Addition from customer Michael Kunz (Switzerland):
I have my own fancy magnetic knife rack in my kitchen, which was much cheaper than buying one.
Material needed
  • a 6,5 mm thick wood board 40 x 30 cm for the front
  • a 8 mm thick wood board 40 x 30 cm for the magnets
  • a 4 mm thick wood board 40 x 30 cm for the back
  • 30 block magnets Q-15-15-08-N
  • 4 wood schrews
I countersunk the magnets evenly in the 8 mm thick wood board and then I screwed together the three boards. This board holds my classy knives with their heavy handles perfectly.

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