Assorted kitchen doodads

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Project by AgentSkwerl posted 03-18-2012 11:22 PM 2201 views 5 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These are just a few of the things I have made in the past few weeks to combat the lack of space in my kitchen. The oak knife strip in the first picture is using 1/4” x 1/8th” neodymium magnets from . They are just slightly inset, so that they won’t scratch the knives. I used food safe mineral oil for the finish.

Picture#2 is just a magnet-backed strip of wood with hooks in it. I don’t often use my hand mixer, so it’s a good place to store beaters, instead of having them take up a lot of room in a drawer. This is just a prototype made from a cherry rail off of an old broken stool from the 30s. You can see where I cut off the dowels on the end and the bottom.

Pictures 3 is a magnet-backed cocobolo knife strip that I made as a test. It is strong enough to hold my knifes without sliding off of the side of the refrigerator. However, the magnets on the front are flush, which caused the knives to get some light scratches in places. I tried adding a 1/32” silicon liner to the magnets on the back, and it really keeps them from sliding down at all. It’s now the home for my measuring cups and spoons, since my fridge is right next to the stove. The finish is food safe mineral oil.

Picture 4 is the top of the broken stool I mentioned from above, converted into a pastry board. I sanded down most of the finish, leaving the bumps and divots it picked up over the years. I went over the surface with several coats of Formby’s tung oil, and then added rubber feet to the bottom to keep it from moving around. It’s about 14” x 20”, which is perfect for rolling out dough or making small pizzas.

-- Chris, Cary NC

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#1 posted 03-19-2012 12:46 AM

Nice project, looks like your getting more organized.
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#2 posted 03-19-2012 02:38 AM

Well done, they look great and functional

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#3 posted 03-19-2012 01:04 PM

Looks like a good idea to me. I have some pieces of oak and black walnut that are too small for anything else but I hate to throw anything away. Home depot has the magnets. I bought a dozen already, but I hadn’t decided what to do yet. Thanks.

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