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Project by Robsshop posted 03-01-2014 12:33 PM 2590 views 26 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My daughter enjoys cooking so for a gift I bought her a decent set of kitchen knives with a standard knife block. I thought it would be nice to upgrade the block with this custom design , featuring the use of magnets hidden with in. I wanted to include the entire set so I had to come up with a design that would do just that ! I used a combo of woods, Walnut,Bloodwood and the center divider is a plywood veneered with Wenge. All of the utensils are held in place via Earth magnets and small brass pins as reference points (added insurance)! Below are some pics of the construction elements and mag placement. Although more work than anticipated , I was pleased with the finished design and how well the concealed mags did there job. Most importantly, my Daughter was all smiles so the effort was well worth it in the end !

Thanks for taking the time to stop in and as always , comments welcomed, good or bad …......ROB

Construction pics :

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-- Rob,Gaithersburg,MD,One mans trash is another mans repurposed wood shop treasure ! ;-)





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MalcolmLaurel

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#1 posted 03-01-2014 01:49 PM

Very nice… what’s the tube on the end for?

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Robsshop

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#2 posted 03-01-2014 02:04 PM

Thanks Malcolm, the “tube” on the back is actually the handle of a utensil used to dice and chop and or divide bread dough (so I am told anyways) ! The last pic in the construction pics shows it completely.

-- Rob,Gaithersburg,MD,One mans trash is another mans repurposed wood shop treasure ! ;-)

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Carbide

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#3 posted 03-01-2014 02:07 PM

That’s a cool idea. Nice choice of woods.

-- When it feels like a job, it isn't a hobby anymore.

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steve_in_ohio

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#4 posted 03-01-2014 02:26 PM

very unique idea, great work

-- steve, simple and effective woodworking---

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Robsshop

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#5 posted 03-01-2014 03:04 PM

Thanks Guys, much appreciated.

-- Rob,Gaithersburg,MD,One mans trash is another mans repurposed wood shop treasure ! ;-)

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Vicki

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#6 posted 03-01-2014 03:55 PM

Beautiful job and a great idea. How big and what strength of magnet did you use? How far below the wood? I wanted to use magnet to attach a small, light, wooden remote holder to the head board. I bought a 16 lb. and 25 lb. magnet and they won’t work through 3/4” pine.

-- Vicki on the Eastern Shore of MD

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ja6ke

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#7 posted 03-01-2014 06:05 PM

Very nice. Great concept and follow through….

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SawDustNeophyte

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#8 posted 03-01-2014 07:42 PM

Wow! That’s awesome!

-- So many tools, so little money. *heavy sigh*

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Robsshop

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#9 posted 03-01-2014 08:33 PM

Thanks for the comments everyone .

@Vicki Thanks for stopping in and to answer your questions I will start with a question. Are you using rare earth magnets (a.k.a. Neodymium magnets)? They can be found at the “Box Stores”and WW supply stores and they are much stronger than common mags. I used 1/2” D x 3/16W and used a Fostner bit on the drill press, and did wind up drilling to approximately 1/16” from the outside surface to achieve a good results.
Hope this helps you out and once again thanks for the comment and interest !

-- Rob,Gaithersburg,MD,One mans trash is another mans repurposed wood shop treasure ! ;-)

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John Ruggles

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#10 posted 03-01-2014 11:20 PM

This is a terrific project. I love the way you hid the magnets just below the surface of the wood. I knew rare earth magnets were strong but I did not know you could use them like that. I love the fact that you let the blades show rather than hide them in the wood like usual. I am sure it is a focal point in your daughters kitchen. Great work!

-- JCRug, Prairieville, Louisiana

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tomd

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#11 posted 03-02-2014 01:08 AM

Like the design very unique, great work.

-- Tom D

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NormG

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#12 posted 03-02-2014 01:17 AM

Looks great

-- Norman

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Robsshop

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#13 posted 03-02-2014 03:14 AM

Thanks for the positive feedback,really appreciate the comments !

@John Ruggles Thanks for taking a look and the kind words, and yes with some careful layout and experimenting ,I found the right formula for the mags to have good grabbing power ! Once again, thanks for stopping in…...ROB

-- Rob,Gaithersburg,MD,One mans trash is another mans repurposed wood shop treasure ! ;-)

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OhValleyWoodandWool

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#14 posted 03-02-2014 04:02 AM

Wow! What a great idea, Looks great

-- "All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then Success is sure." Mark Twain

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majuvla

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#15 posted 03-02-2014 03:29 PM

What original idea! Beautiful thing and looks great.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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