|Project by uutank||posted 01-09-2011 06:45 PM||2446 views||2 times favorited||9 comments|
This project began, as most do ,as a request from my daughter for a spice rack for her new apartment. She was very specific as to the size (no wider than 12 inches) and no higher than 18 inches oh and it must mount magnetically to the side of her refrigerator. How am I going to make something of that size light enough to stick to a frige fully loaded with glass jars filled with spices?
Normally weight is not a concern of mine and I’ve never given any real thought how much wood weighs so this was something I had to really think hard on not to mention how much weight a magnet can hold.
My first attempt was using white oak and weighted in at 5 lbs—not good .. I tried several other types of wood finally settling on clear pine with a final weight of just over 2 lbs not counting the magnets… I also went thru several smaller size rare earth magnets that just couldn’t handle the weight. By luck I found some 2 inch rare earth magnets at applied magnets ( www.magnet4less.com) that also came with the metal cups.. they rate at 40lb pull each and as you can see I used 6 ..yea I know it’s over kill but I’ll be darned if it so much as giggles once it is on the frig. To attach the magnets I used 5 min epoxy. I added a screw and some washers as added protection. You can also see I used a small router bit to add at least a small amount of visual interest to the wood before
the entire thing was washed with wood conditioner and a light stain added for some color. 4 coats of satin lacquer and done. It left the house this morning. My daughter was totally delighted.
As usual our great Dane snow felt the need to be in the middle of everything and insisted on being in the pictures. Thanks for looking