Creating a safe, effective, and useful kitchen is the best way to guarantee that your kitchen works for your family’s needs. A great way to streamline the look of your kitchen and make it more useful is through magnetic knife holders. These can be purchased from our store as a block or a wall-mounted holder, but they are also very easy to make on your own.
Making a magnetic knife holder can easily be done with a few essential materials, quality magnets, and some basic power tools. There are several ways to create a do it yourself knife holder, but the most effective options are those that have the magnets inlayed into a block of wood. This style of knife holder is more durable and often less damaging on the blades.
We will jump into some basics about this style of knife holder, along with three methods of creating your own. While the best options do use some basic power tools, you can create a very simple knife holder without any tools at all. Regardless, choose quality magnets, keep knife safety in mind, and keep reading for some how-to instructions.
There are several magnetic knife holders on the market today, but these may not fit your specific kitchen needs. A major issue many run into when purchasing these holders is that they are not equipped to hold the size knives that they have in their kitchen. Also, if you have a specific area where you hope to mount the knife holder, commercial options may not fit the area properly.
What many do not know is that you can actually make a knife holder very easily and with just a few tools. Cost wise, the DIY magnetic knife holder can often save you money compared to commercial options. Also, you can get the customization that retailers simply do not offer.
Before we jump into creating your own knife holder, we will discuss which style is best. If you have looked at these holders online or in store, you may have noticed they come in two specific types. One style of knife holder is mainly a magnetic strip with a little wood or decorative aspects and the other type is a wooden block with the magnets inlaid into the block.
Some things to keep in mind about these two styles are:
This leads into the biggest factor that comes with creating a DIY magnetic knife holder, which is the magnets themselves. You want to ensure that you are using magnets that are strong and high quality. The last thing you want is to work hard on your magnetic knife holder and it not work properly.
When it comes to creating your own magnetic knife holder, you should remember:
If you want a traditional magnetic knife holder, a wooden design with magnets inside is the way to go. This is relatively easy if you have the right materials and tools. You can easily follow these instructions to create the knife holder or visit the Instructables website for more information:
Using a block of flat wood, cut it to fit the size needed for your available area. You can cut this wood to any size that fits your kitchen needs or even create letters using the wood. Essentially, the following steps will be the same no matter the size or shape.
Look over your block of wood well and decide which side is the best for the front of the holder, most choose the smoother and more uniform looking side. On the backside of the wood, you will want to cut a groove using a router, table saw, jigsaw, or whatever similar tool you have available for the job.
You want to mark the area you plan to cut out for this groove ahead of time so you don’t lose it later.
Now you will want to cut the groove in the back of your knife holder. You want to do this to the appropriate thickness, leaving as little wood as possible in between where the magnets will be laid and the front of the wood.
In most cases, a 1/16” of wood between the magnets and knives is fine, so you will set your router to 11/16” depth, but this is really up to you and the strength of magnets you choose to use.
At this point, you will want to give the holder a good sanding and smooth out any rough areas or edges. You can sand the groove that you created to ensure that the inside is smooth. It’s not necessary to sand the groove, but it can help prevent damage to the wall and wood when mounting the holder.
Now that your groove is created and sanded, you can place the magnets inside. You will want to use magnets that fit your groove properly and are strong enough to hold your knives firmly.
You will want to ensure that the magnets stay put inside of the groove that you have created. You should begin by laying out the magnets as mentioned, then start to adhere them into place using practically any form of adhesive with a silicone option being a great choice. Generously cover the magnets with the glue—remember the better they stay in place the better your knife holder will perform.
At this point, you will want to let your adhesive dry fully and make sure that everything is in place. You will then do any final work to your wooden block that you want to perfect its look, whether this be painting, staining, or even another sanding. You will then fasten your holder to the wall as you see fit and you can begin using it to hold your knives securely in place. If you're creating a block, add hinges to the back and a second piece of wood to finish your stand.
If you do not have a wooden block available or want to go for a unique look, an antique wooden piece is a great option for this style knife holder. This blog post from Refresh Living breaks down how they converted an old ruler found in a garage sale to a knife holder.
We will discuss the basics for creating this style of magnetic knife holder and you can make one yourself with practically any antique piece you have laying around your home.
After everything is mounted in place and set, you’ve got a cute and handy magnetic knife holder that will add a lot of character and a unique piece to your kitchen!
Before jumping into our final way of making a DIY magnetic knife holder, we should say that this is the least effective way of accomplishing this project.
If you have lower weight knives you want to store or very few knives to store, this is a great choice. However, if you have heavier knives or a wide array of knives, you want to opt for our previously mentioned methods.
What is great about this method is that you do not need power tools to effectively create a quality knife holder. For a more detailed list of instructions, you can check out the full tutorial on Turning It Home, but here is an easy way to create a no power tool needed knife holder.
As mentioned, this holder is the weakest of the three and should really only be used for smaller knives, like paring knives or butter knives.
Storing your knives properly can actually be a lot more challenging than you may have previously known. If you have been throwing your knives in a drawer, cup, or other storage container where they are all touching, this is a huge problem! You are probably dealing with regularly dulled knives and maybe even some chipping.
If you have beautiful knives, such as our Chef's Vision knife sets, a magnetic holder is a great way to display your knives in your kitchen.
No matter how you decide to store your knives, they should never be loosely floating in a drawer together and should instead be stored separately. Utilizing a magnetic knife holder is a great option for storing your knives safely. If you have some spare knives that do not fit in a knife block or may not be part of a set, a magnetic strip can easily become their home.
Some other major benefits of storing your knives this way are:
Hanging your precious, high-quality chef knives on a hunk of metal can bring up worries about chipping them or dulling the blade.
When made properly, magnetic knife holders do not harm or damage knives in any way. The only way that these knife holders will damage your knives is if they are very cheap and use magnets that are not durable.
The magnets themselves will do no damage to the knives. However, if they are not strong, they can allow your knives to fall off. If your knives fall off, it can cause them to get damaged or chipped when hitting the countertop below.
Essentially, if you use a quality knife holder, you will have no issue with your knives being harmed.
Now that you have made your magnetic knife holder or are in the process of doing so, you may be asking yourself where am I going to put this? While it may be best to think of this beforehand, there is really never a bad place to put your knife holder. In fact, pretty much anywhere in your kitchen can be a great option.
Some popular places to put these magnetic knife holders are:
While we have touched on this slightly throughout this guide, knife safety is always important to keep in the front of your mind anytime you are working with them. Any way that you decide to store your knives should be done safely, especially when you are a family with smaller children. You should practice safe knife habits and instill these habits into your children.
Magnetic knife holders can actually assist in kitchen safety! Here’s some things to keep in mind in order to make proper, safe use of your new holder:
Now that you know how to create three easy to do magnetic knife holders, you are only one stop at the hardware store away from having your kitchen more organized and more effective.
Always keep our basic safety rules in mind when mounting your knife holder, along with using your power tools as safely as possible. You also want to always test your knife holder first to ensure it can support the weight of your knives and is working properly. Once you have the hang of creating quality magnetic knife holders, you can actually use similar holders in almost every room of your home.
You may find that these holders work amazingly in your tool shed, bathroom, crafting room, and even work for storing small metal toys like Hot Wheels. Truly, adding this storage solution to your home is a super easy, inexpensive, and fun do it yourself project that will yield beautiful results.