Magnetic Mitten & Knife Rack
Magnetic knife racks are great. Much cleaner than the drop in racks and they are less likely to nick or dull a knife. The one we’ve used for 20 years down in the old farm house and for a decade in our previous house was screwed to the wall. Unfortunately there is no good spot to screw it on the wall in our tiny cottage‘s equally tiny kitchen. I finally decided the side of our free refrigerator was a good spot but I didn’t want to screw into the refrigerator panel.
Solution: Super Magnets to the rescue! I love magnets. Lots of fun to play with. Super magnets are even better. For part of our homeschooling I had bought some a few years ago from Force Field Magnets. We’ve had all sorts of fun with them. We’ve also pulled a few out of old computer hard drives – man-o, man-o are those things strong!
Super Magnet Holes
To install the super magnets in the back of the knife rack I drilled holls of the right size in the wood. I placed the magnets in the holes and flipped the bar over onto wax paper on the top of the fridge. This placed the magnets in the right pattern and spacing on a smooth level surface so they would all glue at the same height. I then put a dollop of silicon adhesive in each hole, placed the bar back down on the magnets and left it for a day to cure. By getting all the magnets in the same plane they give the greatest amount of holding power. Magnets with holes in the middle are ideal as they get adhesive in the hole making the hold better but even the plain disk magnets worked fine.
Something that I realized later is it would have been better to have put the magnets at the top of the beam of wood instead of in the center. This would have made them act as a lever creating more friction on the refrigerator wall.
In addition to the magnets in the knife rack we also put magnets in our oven mitts. Holly sewed one into either side of the cuffs so that one can toss the oven mitt from across the house and it neatly hangs up on the fridge. Cool or what!?!
Another magnetic trick is I sewed small super magnets into the hem of our curtains. Now when we want the curtains up and out of the way we simply fold the bottom corner up to the side to allow or block as much light as we want. I had originally set it up with a string pull but that wore in time. The magnetic hem is a much better solution and one that even a small child* can easily operate.
Gradually we’re making progress on finishing off the interior of our tiny cottage. Little details that make home that much nicer.
Outdoors: 29°F/8°F Sunny, 1″ Snow in the morning
Farm House: 31°F/30°F
Tiny Cottage: 71°F/52°F First fire in 11 days
*Speaking of small children, don’t eat magnets. They can pinch off parts of the intestine causing necrosis and other nasty things. Remember: Properly used, everything is dangerous.