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Sep 12, 2011 12:55 AM

Installing a magnetic knife bar without drilling?

I have a magnetic knife bar that I had used in my previous apartment. Now I've moved but there isn't anywhere in my new kitchen that I could drill/screw into.

Any ideas on how to mount it without drilling? I'd attach it to tile or metal. Will any superglue be strong enough?

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  1. Well, you can drill both tile and metal, FWIW. Most (sharp) drill bits will handle metal just fine. For tile, you need a tile specific bit--a couple of bucks at the hardware store.

    Superglue=no. There are other adhesives that would probably work. Silicone or construction adhesive come to mind, but I would NOT recommend these at all. If you go that route, you'd need to tape or otherwise adhere the bar to the wall until the adhesive is completely cured. And good luck getting it off...

    That double stick foam tape (made by 3M) works pretty well and holds fast depending on the circumstances. I'm not sure how well it would do in a kitchen though. IME this is also pretty tricky to un-adhere, but YMMV.

    1. We used to move a lot and my magnetic knife bars always accompanied us. Once, my husband installed one inside a cabinet door. In another house, he attached it to the side of the fridge. I'm sorry I cannot tell you how he did the latter.

      1. For metal drilling, especially stainless steel, which is fairly hard, you'll have much better luck with a pilot point type of bit, preferably cobalt steel; failing that, drill a pilot hole with a 1/8" or so bit. Twist drills will cut steel fine once they're in far enough for the spiral to engage (there's a better word, but I'm getting old), but can be slow to get started.
        Hot melt polyurethane glue would be the best bet for gluing, but requires special equipment to apply- min. about $100. Epoxy would be the next best- select one that's recommended for the materials you're gluing- but you'd have to find a way to hold the rack firmly in place while it set.
        Gluing is probably not a good idea if you don't have a lot of experience with it- it's chancy if not done perfectly, and falling knife racks are not good.

          1. It goes without saying that a knife bar needs to be *really* secure. Not only is it a question of how much damage could be done to the knives if a bar gives way, it's a question of how much damage the knives could do to things they fall on, including flesh. ::shudder:: I wouldn't ever rely on an adhesive unless you could do it permanently enough to use an industrial epoxy.

            With that in mind and just in case there are possibilities you haven't explored yet, I have mounted bars under my cabinets and inside cabinet doors. Note that the horizontal storage is limited to lightweight paring knives. Also a possibility that might present opportunities is making the length of the bar more flexible by mounting it first to something that can be mounted to the ultimate destination. In the case of my larger knives, I used nearly invisible Plexiglas in order to be able to make the connection with the deeper frames of the inside cabinet door.

            Both installations have held up for about 4 years now without a fail.

            If you don't find any spots where a bar can be securely screwed in, there are horizontal blocks that go inside drawers. I use one of those too.


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            1. re: rainey

              This is exactly what I needed! Love the Plexiglas idea - and stealing!