Sunday, May 24, 2009

Book Art: Magnetic Knife Holder

I saw this post on Instructables on making your own magnetic knife holder from a piece of wood and computer hard drive magnets. I love that idea, but found a way to make it a bit more personal for a book lover like myself.

How to make a magnetic knife block from a book:

magnets (I got mine from salvaged hard drives, but this is a good place, too!)
x-acto knife
permanent glue

1. Start by choosing a book. I chose this old cookbook that worked well with my kitchen's colors.

2. Measuring your magnets, cut a well inside the front of the book block deep enough for the magnets to sit comfortably, but snugly.

3. Put a good amount of glue in the well and place your magnets inside. I broke a magnet trying to get it off one of the metal things - they are VERY brittle - and so I put the pieces in the gaps.

4. Next, glue the cover of the book down over the magnets and glue the edges of the book block to seal shut. Bye-bye recipes from the early 60's...

5. Place a heavy weight on it until it is dry. Afterwards, you have a couple of choices. You can drill two holes in the back of the book and put those keyhole hangers in them or do what I did because I'm impatient.

Voila! Sit it on your countertop and love the convenience of steak knives and paring knives within reaching distance. What I love about this is that they won't get dulled by rubbing against wood inside a block. And it's a book, of course.

As soon as I get more magnets, I hope to make a larger one for my big knives. If I'd had more money, I would have bought 1/8x1x2 magnets for this job and put them a lot closer together for better hold. Still, this works for now and I love how it looks!


  1. This is brilliant!! I am in love with this idea. Great job!

  2. I absolutely love this! Thanks so much for the tutorial and the unbelievably cool idea. I definitely need one of these.

  3. I love this! Thanks for sharing.

  4. You are such a CLEVER girl. This is superb. Thanks for the excellent instructions, too.

  5. What a great 'novel' idea! I want to find just the right book to make one for me as well! Thanks for showing how it can be done.


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