Why do you need a magnetic knife shelf?

A couple of days ago, I pulled one of my bread knives out of my wooden knife block where I store them and nearly screamed. The knife was rusted all the way through. Sure, I hadn’t used that particular knife in a couple of months (I am not a frequent bread eater), but I wasn’t expecting disuse and lack of air to practically turn the entire knife into a rusty mess!

After I bore my heart out to a friend who gave the necessary “oh my” and “so sorry to hear that”, I was not prepared for her to turn the blame around to me. Apparently, people don’t use knife blocks to store their knives anymore. It unhygienic, the knives don’t get to breathe, and sometimes the blocks dent the knives. According to her, everybody who values their knives and wants to keep it properly maintained using a magnetic knife rack to store them.

Luckily for us all, making a magnetic knife rack is pretty easy.

What you’ll need

  1. A block of wood
  2. Drill
  3. ¾ of an inch drill bit
  4. Super Glue
  5. ¾ of an inch round extra duty magnets (the number of magnets you will need depends on the length of the block of wood)
  6. Spray lacquer finish
  7. 2 small brackets and 4 small nails
  8. Hammer


  1. Cut the block of wood into the size you prefer. Just In case you are not sure about the dimensions or size of the block you require, you can visit a carpenter and get them to cut the block out for you.
  1. Using your drill and the drill bit, drill two rows of holes across the back of the wooden block, making sure to have the holes close together. Also, be very careful so the holes don’t pierce through the front, but have them close enough so the magnets sit close to the front surface of the wooden block.
  2. When you’ve finished drilling the holes, squeeze some super glue into each hole and drop a magnet in each of them. To keep the magnets in the hole from being drawn to the one in your hand, be sure to cover each hole with your palm or a piece of clothing until you’re all done. Also, make sure all the magnets are facing the same side so the entire block of wood in magnetized in the same direction.
  3. Let the glue and magnet dry completely.
  4. To protect the wood over a long period of time, make sure to spray lacquer thinly over the holes. That way, even if your knives are not completely dry after use or wash, the knife block still stays protected.
  5. Put two brackets at the back of the block. Make sure the brackets are set well apart at each end of the block so it can balance well against the wall. Using nails and a hammer, nail the bracket to keep them in place. You can also just screw it to the wall using a drill if you don’t have a bracket.
  6. If you have kids at home, make sure you hang your knife shelf high to keep them out of easy reach.

And that is how you make your very own magnetic knife shelf. If you’re not DIY inclined however and would rather a carpenter make you one, you can choose from any of the verified carpenters available on Gatekrasher. They will get the job done, and at a price, you can afford.

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