- 2-1/2” x 11” Wood
- Rare Earth Magnets (.5” x .125”)
- Super Glue
- Painter’s Tape
- Miter Saw
- Drill Press
- 1/2” Forstner Bit
Crosscut the board to length
Crosscut the board to 11 in. on the miter saw.
Round the edges of the board
Use a router and a 1/8-in. round over bit to round the edges.
Drill holes for magnets
Mark a centerline on your board, along that line, mark every 2 in. Set up a stop on your drill press so that it consistently drills along that centerline. Raise the drill press table so that the 1/2 in. Forstner bit drills 1/8 in. into the board. Drill into the board with your drill press.
Sand and stain the wood
Sand the wood to a smooth state starting with 100-grit and continuing all the way to 320-grit sandpaper. Finish the wood to your liking. We used a clear, satin varnish. We stained the wood before adding the magnets because the finish can negatively affect the rare earth magnets. Let dry.
Insert the magnets
Super glue the rare earth magnets into the holes. Be very careful with these magnets, they can easily attract to each other and break. Try as hard as you can to keep them separated.