DIY Magnetic Knife Holder With a Vintage Ruler


I've seen posts about creating your own magnetic knife rack, but I decided to use something a little different for my knife holder. I also figured out a couple of tricks along the way that made this project a success!
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I found this massive ruler in the corner of a garage at an estate sale. $1.00? I'll take it! It was painful to cut it, but I have a couple of other projects planned for the rest of the 4 foot ruler, so I think I'm happy with my decision.
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Instead of sitting in the corner of a garage, it's now a unique, and functional addition to our kitchen.
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1/2" by 1/8" thick neodymium magnets worked perfectly for this project, but boy are they strong.
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I drilled holes with a 1/2" forstner bit, and the magnets fit in perfectly. I just continued to drill holes across the entire back, making sure to drill close to the thicknesses of the wood, but not through it.
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As I added new magnets to the empty holes, I made sure to cover up the magnets that were already in place. If not, those magnets just wanted to jump right out of their little holes.
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Those knives at the back are pretty heavy, but with the amount and type of magnets I used, it's strong enough to hold them!
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3 of 7 questions
  • Linda Lim
    on May 8, 2018

    How did you cover (or what did u use) to the individual magnets to prevent them from "jumping" up from their holes to the neighboring magnets?

    • Margherita McCallum
      on Jun 25, 2019

      Also, if these magnets are so powerful, why the need for so many magnets? Shouldn't one straight row do?

  • Adele DuranGO
    on May 8, 2018

    You say you "added" magnets, but I missed HOW. Glue? What kind? If just inserted in the holes, won't they eventually pop out?

    • Robyn Garner
      on Apr 23, 2019

      I'd just cover them with duct tape. Once in place against the wall there's nowhere to go. With glue you might end up with a magnet sitting too high for the ruler to mount flat on the wall.

  • Nancy Ellis
    on May 17, 2018

    What brand of kitchen knivesare those?

    • April
      on May 1, 2019

      They look like my Pampered Chef knives...

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  • C
    on May 14, 2019

    Best looking knife holder I’ve ever seen

  • Karen
    30 minutes ago

    I love the idea, but I agree you do need to add to your materials list.:

    1 - The drill

    2 - the type & size of drill bit

    3 - the type of sealant or glue to keep the magnets in place

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