My parents are Life-Long-Learners. In their 90s they are taking classes at the local college – history, literature etc. Always learning. Very admirable. I, on the other hand, am not a learning fan. Or, more specifically, not a fan of the learning curve. I want to know exactly how to do everything right out of the box. I don’t want to look at the map I want to know where I am! I want to come up with an idea for a project and execute it flawlessly. Weirdly, it juuuust doesn’t seem to work that way (I get lost a lot too). For UWUG Project #4 I thought it would be cool to make a knife holder that was a vintag-y sign. Simple! Totes know how to do that! And then the dreaded learning curve kicked in. OK, supplies: Another piece of that old dresser (another of the drawer sides like I’d used for the scrap wood trays) painted and distressed. Some magnets I had lying around for…..no apparent reason (where do these things come from? Who buys them and why do they keep leaving them at my house?) and a few strips of scrap wood.I laid out my knife collection on the board and drew around them just to get a rough placement.then came up with a simple graphic – just text I printed it out in reverse and, using the Lenk tool, transferred it to my painted wood base. I used scrap wood strips to make a little red frame around the sign just to give it some pop. Just strips of wood painted red and glued around the edges – butt joints again – nothing fancy. I marked where I wanted my magnets to go drilled shallow holes with a forstner bit and glued them in place using trusty E6000. Done! Nope! It turns out that the wood surface is a bit uneven so my carefully drilled holes weren’t all the same depth. That wasn’t a problem for the knifes that only had one magnet to hold them in place but for the bigger knives I’d used two magnets which were now at different levels and….no worky. So I drilled them out and did it again. All nice and level. Done! Nope! All the knives gave a solid, reassuring click when placed on the magnets and then, when I tilted the sign up like you would on a wall, all the knives just gently slid down and crashed to the floor (no I did not stab myself in the foot…..I came close to stabbing myself in the foot which is VERY DIFFERENT!….Nicki…..) Awesome. Why hello drawing board. I have returned! Did you miss me? I had some more magnets (still no clue why) – smaller, more intense. More holes were drilled. Small magnets were glued. Done! Nope! These magnets were so magnetty that when I put the big knife on it it defeated the glue and yanked the magnet out of the wood. More glue and more drying time solved the problem. Done! For reals! I had learned. I had curved. And next time will be super easy.No, the knife on the end didn’t fall off. I had created a tableau – cause I’m artsy like that. I picked flowers! I baked banana bread! But then realized I couldn’t quite get the tableau in the picture. Better. OK. Learning Curve Summary. Notes for next time.
- Small, super strong magnets are better.
- Two magnets per knife
- Drill all magnet holes to the same depth
- I sealed it with wax which is great…..just do it perhaps, I don’t know, before you glue the magnets in place (I got ahead of myself)
- Give E6000 lots of drying time
- wear shoes. just in case.