Knife Rack - Trial and Error

I’m in the process of making a new knife rack for our kitchen. I’ve always liked the idea of the knife rack being a beautiful piece of wood with the magnets recessed into it so they’re not visible on the front.

Stuart found a nice bit of oak for the knife rack in the workshop to match the oak kitchen cupboards and we planed it down to size. I recessed the magnets, glued the covering veneer on and then planed the veneer as thin as possible in order to still get maximum grip for the heaviest of our kitchen knives. Sadly, I planed just that bit too much and the oak split. Back to the drawing board with a new piece of oak and a new technique…..