24 July 2014

Magnetic knife holder

[Chapter: Decorate, DIY + tutorials]

I prefer to have my knifes just above the kitchen sink but apart from an Ikea Grundtal rail + 2 hooks, there isn’t any space for a magnetic bar. In reality, with just 2 knifes; a paring and a chef’s, which are the ones I use most of the time, a bar may not be necessary after all.

The 53cm (21″) rail hangs sponges, a strainer and peelers and it covers almost the entire wall distance behind the sink.

Since Grundtal is magnetic, I’m more than happy to grab my .95cm (3/8″) rare earth and ceramic magnets to setup a mini panel ready for some serious attraction.

The chef’s knife (length = 25.4cm/10″) needs 2 rare earth for a firmer grip.

You can tell that the magnetic grip isn’t sufficient if the knife tilts to the side and/or if the magnet clings onto the knife as you remove that knife from the rail. But all that is solved with the addition of a ceramic magnet placed on top of the rare earth (and not the other way round).

A word of caution if you are setting this up: keep the knife far away from the rare earth until the setup is completed. Be careful when handling very strong magnets and sharp objects, for their mutual attraction to each other is hard to tear apart and you could be the one getting hurt! Ugh. Sounds like a love triangle.

Comments (10)   2008.03.24

  1. From Jenny

    Now do I know that the Grundtal series is magnetic! :-) Great job!

    2008.03.24 @ 3:46 pm

  2. From Pat King

    That’s a simple practical idea.

    2008.03.25 @ 11:19 am

  3. From lynn

    Love this idea.

    2008.03.25 @ 12:14 pm

  4. From Liz

    Very creative. Are you an Ikea fan? Such a fun store – as long as you have a few extra hours on your hands.

    At Liz’s blog: Another Step Closer to Spring

    2008.03.25 @ 9:27 pm

  5. From M.Kate

    hey…cool tip, love it :)

    At M.Kate’s blog: The IBANS of Sarawak

    2008.03.26 @ 2:14 am

  6. From matéo

    Ohhh not bad, thanks for the tricks

    2008.04.08 @ 4:06 am

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  8. From Barb

    love your idea. Question, where did you find the hooks to hang on the bar or what type ans size of the s hooks do you use? Great

    2008.08.13 @ 7:57 pm

  9. From bloomize

    Hi Barb, there are 2 sizes:
    3.3″ long/0.14″ thick and
    3.15″ long/0.17″ thick.

    Here’s a close-up. I bought them from the hardware section in a department store.

    p.s. tried to send you an email but it didn’t get through.

    2008.08.13 @ 10:44 pm

  10. From Barbara

    I still haven’t had time to try it but will be working on the kitchen real soon. Thank you

    2009.05.27 @ 10:27 am

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