Nobody says your magnetic tool holder needs to be ugly. There are many utilitarian ones on the market, but there are also very elegant magnetic tool holders like these Mag-Bloks from BenchCrafted.
In addition to looking good, since Mag-Bloks are constructed out of wood, they won’t chip or dull your tools like a steel rail might.
Made in the USA from maple, cherry, or walnut, Mag-Bloks are carefully constructed so as to appear to be a “single piece” of wood. BenchCrafted arranges the rare earth magnets inside the blocks to produce a continuous magnetic field, practically eliminating the presence of stronger or weaker zones along the block.
The resulting magnetic field is in fact so powerful that BenchCrafted claims that Mag-Bloks can hold large hand tools, although for heavier tools you might want to test this first or even use two Mag-Bloks spaced a few inches apart.
BenchCrafted embeds specially machined brass washers, which are countersunk to match match their solid brass screws, into Mag-Bloks for mounting to a wall or other surface. This helps to ensure you won’t split a Mag-Blok by over-tightening its mounting screws.
Mag-Bloks are now shipped unfinished, but BenchCrafted includes a tube of their “Blok Butter” with every order. BenchCrafted says that their naturally formulated Blok Butter satin wipe finish “seals, renews, and protects” Mag-Bloks and is also food-safe, in case you want to use it for your kitchen knives.
BenchCrafted sells Mag-Bloks in 12″ and 18″ lengths. The 12″ Mag-Blok costs $35 while the 18″ version will run you $48. They’ll ship either size to you for about $10.
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DIY Wooden Magnetic Tool Holders
BenchCrafted isn’t the only place to find wooden magnetic tool holders, – several ingenious DIY’ers have also built their own versions. For instance, you can find step-by-step instructions on making a rainbow wood magnetic knife strip over on Instructables.com
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