The magnetic knife block
Still haven´t found the right Christmas present for the cooking enthusiasts among your friends and family? We have an idea for you. How about a noble knife block including a soft insert? This present for hobby chefs is easy to build and, if it´s done right, a great eye-catcher.
|One wood panel, ca. 25 x 25 cm, e.g. walnut||Jigsaw / band saw|
|Plexiglas, 4 – 6 mm, white||Spindle moulder / router|
|Magnets, one for each knife||Cordless screwdriver|
|Universal countersunk screws 3,5 x 25||Belt-disc sander / delta sander|
|Forstner bit for the magnets|
Step 1: The base plate
First, we determine the size of the knife block by placing the knives on the wood panel so that there is a distance of about 1 cm between each knife.
Then we cut the base plate in form with a band or jigsaw. I decided for a round form. But there are no limits to your imagination. When the shape is cut out, you need to mill grooves into the plate which have to be 3 mm deep and as wide as the blades are high. Simply mark the sizes on the wood before. At the tip of the knife, use a Forstner or wood drill to make indentations in the plate so that the magnets can be inserted and fastened deep enough.
Step 2: The cover
Next I took a 5 mm plexiglas piece for the cover, which was an offcut I still had left in my workshop. You can also cover the base plate with another wood plate if you want. Plexiglas can be perfectly cut with a band saw or alternatively with a jigsaw. Then screw both parts together, the base plate and the cover. I fixed the parts with tape, pre-drilled holes and lowered the screw holes in the plexiglas with a countersink. Afterwards I sanded and rounded everything off nicely with a belt-disc sander.
Step 3: The foot
For the foot of the knife block I took a piece of maple. But a large piece of pinewood would also be great for this. I sawed a 2 cm deep groove with the table saw and just as wide as the knife holder is thick. Then I sawed off the two long sides in a 35-degree angle. Then we grind everything – but take your time, the smoother, the better it´ll look later.
Now screw both parts together. I rubbed the wood with antique wax. This brings off the grain and the colour of the wood very nicely.
Done that, the knife block with soft insert is ready. When you now put a knife in the shaft, it will be pulled in by itself. Assuming you have put the magnets back as far as possible.
I wish you a lot of fun while building it and bringing joy to the presentee.