All the vertical surfaces in my kitchen are custom cabinets, rough stone, or appliances – nowhere to mount magnetic knife bars. Conveniently, the refrigerator surround is exactly 23 7/8″ deep – the same as a piece of “two-foot” plywood.
I built a simple wooden mount that sits on a counter and leans against the refrigerator surround.
- Wood treatments
- Cut the poplar board to 23 7/8″ (actual width of the plywood)
- Sand both pieces of wood with 150-grit and 220-grid sandpaper. Remove dust with a wet cloth and let dry.
- Apply a coat of stain to each side of both pieces of wood.
- Apply three coats of polyurethane to each side of both pieces of wood. Between coats, sand with 220-grit sandpaper and remove dust with a wet cloth.
- Drill holes for the corner braces.
- Attach corner braces with 1/2″ screws (the included screws are too long).
- Attach knife bars with 1/2″ screws (the included screws are too long).