Unique knife bar made of wild cherry

I built a knife strip for the kitchen from local wild cherries. Dimensions: 55 cm wide, 10 cm high.

Unique knife bar made of wild cherry

After the storm in March 2016, I sawed off the branch from a fallen wild cherry in the forest around the corner from us and then left it to dry in our apartment for about 3/4 year.
The branch was about 10-12 cm in diameter.

Wooden strip wild cherry

Detail view of a wild cherry wooden strip

Processing to the knife strip

With the table saw I saw out a „slice“ from 2.6 to 2.7 cm. My goal was to preserve the tree bark.
At the two ends a piece was beveled for a prettier look. I sanded it carefully so that as little of the bark falls off as possible.

Then I used a fixed wood drill bit and a round drill bit 2.3 cm in diameter to drill 2 rows with 19 holes each with a tight spacing. The depth is 2.1 cm.
A residual wood thickness of approx. 0.5 cm remains.

You shouldn’t do this by hand, because you don’t have the feeling that exactly 0.5 cm stop!
How far I had to drill into it, I tested in advance on scraps of wood, from when the magnets I had bought would „attract“.


Then I milled recesses for the brackets. In this case 2 old window closures from old GDR windows :-).
But there are also other suitable „invisible“ furniture suspensions in the hardware store, which in principle work in the same way.


Bore and depth

Drilled holes for magnets

My magnets, discmagnets Ø 22.0 x 8.0 mm N42 nickel – holds 11.5 kg, I then pressed them into the holes.
They hold without additional glue…. if the holes are a bit too big, it is advisable to fix some hot glue in the holes beforehand.

Magnets used

Inserting the magnets

Detail of the magnets being embedded

In retrospect, the pulling force of the magnets was so strong that I only filled every 2 holes. It would even be possible with just one row. The magnets are very strong and the knives stick extremely well!

I then attached the whole thing to the wall with 2 screws. Because they sit very close to the wall and the bar could only be pushed on with a little pressure, it now sits firmly and does not wobble.

Unique knife bar made of wild cherry