How To: Make a Woodgrain Magnetic Tool Holder

created at: 01/14/2011

Whether they’re your fancy German chef’s knives, your perfectly honed chisels, that Xacto blade you wield so well, or your razor-sharp, never-touch-paper fabric scissors, the DIY lifestyle most always entails sharp cutting tools. And the best way to protect these tools, keep their edges straight and nick-free, and store them safely?

A magnetic block. Which are, thankfully, quite inexpensive at a spot such as IKEA, but they’re looks are a bit cold, and the metal surface can actually scratch your tools.

So, we’re gonna give one a quick faux bois makeover.   


created at: 01/14/2011

1. Measure the knife blocks length, height, and thickness, and add an inch or so. Cut the contact paper to that dimension.

2. Peel off about 3″ of the backing paper, and adhere it to board at one side, leaving the 1″ hanging over the edge. Work very slowly and use the bone folder to  smooth out any air bubbles. Thankfully, the wood grain contact paper has only a medium-level tackiness, so it’s easy to reposition.

created at: 01/14/2011

3. Once the face is covered, move towards wrapping the sides as you would a Christmas present. Trim away any excess, and there you go!