Project Overview

It’s important to look after your kitchen knives so they stay sharp and out of the way of little hands. Here’s a stylish and easy way to keep all of your kitchen knives in one place and easy to reach when you need them. We’ll show you how to make this magnetic knife holder in a few simple steps. 

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Step by Step Instructions

1 Mark up the magnet positions
2 Cut the holes for the magnets
3 Secure the magnets
4 Tape the magnets in
5 Sand the knife holder
6 Stain the knife holder
7 Attach the knife holder to the wall
8 Attach your knives
  • Step 1. Mark up the magnet positions

    You can make your knife holder any length you like, ours is 500mm. Divide the wood into sections – this is where your magnets will be glued. We divided ours into 14 equal sections from one end of the wood to the other. We spaced out our markings by 25mm and left a larger space at the end.

  • Step 2. Cut the holes for the magnets

    Clamp the wood to the workbench and put on your safety gear. Make sure you set the router to the right depth so you don’t rout through the bottom of the wood. Working 10mm in from the edge, rout into the timber in the top of the first 25mm section. Then rout into the bottom of the second 25mm section. Repeat this pattern until you’ve routed all 14 holes and they are all offset.

  • Step 3. Secure the magnets

    Place a drop of all-purpose silicon into each of the holes. Insert a magnet into each hole and press it in gently. 

  • Step 4. Tape the magnets in

    Place a piece of painters’ tape over each of the holes. This will stop the magnet from falling out. Leave the silicon to dry. 

  • Step 5. Sand the knife holder

    Use the 240 grit sandpaper to lightly sand the front and sides of the knife holder. Wipe away any dust. 

  • Step 6. Stain the knife holder

    Depending on the look you want, you can paint, stain or wax your knife holder. We’re using a natural wax to highlight the grain in the wood. After applying the wax leave it to dry and then polish it.

  • Step 7. Attach the knife holder to the wall

    Place the knife holder against the wall. Drill a hole at one end of the holder and into the wall. Push a wall anchor into the hole and drill into place. Then with the knife holder straight on your wall, drill a second hole at the other end of the holder. Secure that end using a wall anchor. 

  • Step 8. Attach your knives

    Your knife rack is now ready to fill up and use. The one we made can fit up to seven knives comfortably, but if you have more knives to store, you may want to build a holder longer than 500mm.

Tools and Materials


  • Clamp
  • Drill
  • Drill bits
  • Dust mask
  • Earmuffs
  • Hollow wall anchor setting tool
  • Measuring tape
  • Paint brush
  • Painters tape
  • Pencil
  • Plunge router
  • 25mm router bit
  • Putty knife
  • Safety glasses
  • Stud finder
  • Spirit level
  • Sanding block
  • Silicone gun


  • 70mm x 19mm x 500mm hardwood
  • 8mm or 13mm hollow wall anchors x 2
  • 18mm x 8mm magnets x 14
  • Rags
  • 240 grit sandpaper
  • Silicone
  • Stain or wax

Health & Safety

Please make sure you use all equipment appropriately and safely when following the advice in these D.I.Y. videos. You need to be familiar with how to use equipment safely and follow the instructions that came with the equipment. If you are unsure, you may feel it is safest to consult an expert, such as the manufacturer or an expert Bunnings Team Member.

Grave health hazards are linked to asbestos, which may be in homes built up to 1990. Health hazards may result from exposure to lead-based paints in older materials and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page. You can also use a simple test kit from Bunnings to indicate the presence of lead-based paint.
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