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Project by ZED posted 06-07-2012 05:03 PM 1491 views 6 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My step mother got a set of really nice knives for Christmas. They are not supposed to be placed in a block knife holder and she had mentioned wanting a magnetic strip put in the kitchen to hold them. I made her this piece of “magic wood” that was very heavy! When I gave it to her she gave me a look that suggested she was really sad that my mind had finally succumbed to lacquer fumes. Her sadness quickly evaporated when I pulled out the meat cleaver though. She was even more surprised when the block flew out of her hand and clung to cleaver I had been swinging around it.
Cut on the band saw, routed, and inserted with nine ½, ½, 1.5” NdFeB Grade N52 magnets, and then glued up with gorilla glue and 6 pipe clamps. Sanded and finished with “The Good Stuff”. I encouraged her not to take it in her carry-on for the flight home. I was excited about the glue up, sometime gorilla glue pops through and is visible. I was fearful that there would be a line since the band saw cut was across the end grain that I would be able to see a line but as you can see flawless :)

-- A good craftsman is able to make it work with the tools he has, I still need more tools





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lumberjoe

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#1 posted 06-07-2012 07:03 PM

Very nice! Commercial knife brands sell painted versions of this for a LOT of money.

-- www.etsy.com/shop/KandJWoodCrafts

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Kevin

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#2 posted 06-07-2012 07:29 PM

Great job, looks amazing.

-- Measure twice, cut once, then rout a whole bunch

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lew

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#3 posted 06-08-2012 06:36 PM

Gorgeous!
I’d say the wood is either Mahogany or Sapele.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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ZED

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#4 posted 06-08-2012 09:06 PM

Mahogony is correct, or “Magic wood”.
Thank you so much for the feedback.
Lumberjoe, where hav you seen these for sale? Other than the magnets this was easy to make. I was thinking these would be awesome in purple heart, or zebra wood.

-- A good craftsman is able to make it work with the tools he has, I still need more tools

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Ben325e

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#5 posted 06-09-2012 05:07 PM

Benchcrafted actually makes these. http://benchcrafted.com/Magblok.html

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ZED

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#6 posted 06-09-2012 10:59 PM

Ben325e, you just shattered my dreams and kids college fund!

-- A good craftsman is able to make it work with the tools he has, I still need more tools

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#7 posted 06-10-2012 01:44 PM

Nice idea and beautiful. How do the dimensions of the magnets ½ X ½ X 1.5” relate to length, width, and thickness? I’ve go some beautiful Brazilian Cherry I’d like to this project in. I really like this project.

-- When asked what I did to make life worthwhile in my lifetime....I can respond with a great deal of pride and satisfaction, "I served a career in the United States Navy."

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ZED

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#8 posted 06-10-2012 08:06 PM

I got the magnets from K&J there on the net at http://www.kjmagnetics.com/products.asp?cat=11
I placed the magnets in perpendicular to the length of the wood, as out lined in the shaded areas in the picture pre glue up. In the future I’ll get different magnets (longer so 1/2×1/2×3) and place them end to end parallel to the length of the wood. This would be cheaper in magnets and not have “zones” of magnetism. So your question about the dimensions of the magnets, Length = 1.5 Width = ½ thickness = ½ (this is the face that these specific brand of magnets are magnetized “through”. So the 1/8” face that I cut off with the band saw is not thick enough to disrupt the magnetic pull. The back side of the block is thick enough that it can be screwed into and thus be mounted to a cabinet side.

-- A good craftsman is able to make it work with the tools he has, I still need more tools

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