|Project by SPalm||posted 07-23-2014 08:03 PM||2644 views||48 times favorited||32 comments|
This is pretty cool; a magnetic recipe holder for the kitchen. Or you could use it on your desk to hold papers. It will hold several papers at a time. The small curve keeps the paper from folding or falling over even though the block is small. I saw an item being sold called a Recipe Rock and thought I could build one out of wood. Many ways of doing it, but this is how I did it.
They are made out of cherry as I seem to have a bunch of it these days. You could build up a block out of multi-colored wood if wanted. I made four at a time. They are 3 inches wide, 3 inches tall and about 2 and 1/4 inches deep. I wanted enough wood to create some weight.
So I started with a stick of cherry and marked off 3 inch segments with a gap between them. I used a plastic top from a tub that was about 8 inches around to draw the arcs. I drew an arc on each segment and cut them out using the end of my belt sander – sanding to the line.
I put a nice large round over on the top edge using the router table. Next I tilted the fence of the jointer and jointed several passes until I had a nice bevel. Then off to the chop saw and cut them apart. I drilled holes into the face and glued in a Rare Earth magnet. Sanding and buffing was used to bring them to a nice sheen.
I used the magnets that I had. They are 1/4 inch around and 1/2 inch long. They are said to have a 6 pound pull and seem to do quite nicely. I ordered the balls from Amazon; they are 5/8 inch diameter. I tried some wooden pulls with magnets glued in, but the balls are just too cool.
There is some discussion here on the angle of the block. I have made 10, 20, and 30 degree versions. I think the 20 degree version works best while Karen likes 30 degrees, but the angle of the viewer must be kept in perspective.
Remember as the Swedish Chef would say “Börk Börk Börk. Ehula Hule de Chokolad Muus.”
Makes a nice quick present. I already have orders.
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