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Mag(net)ic etagere

Made of plates, wooden rods and magnets
Author: Julia Lange - bildschoenesdesign, TŘbingen, Germany

Make your own Etagere

You can make a versatile Etagere in no time with neodymium magnets, two wooden rods and plates or trays. The best is: All parts stay whole and they can be taken apart at any time. Below I'll let you know how you can easily make your own Etagere.

The wooden rods

First, you need wooden rods. Their diameter depends on the plates or trays you choose and the resulting needed magnetic strength. For ferromagnetic Hay trays smaller magnets and 20 mm rods are sufficient. Non-ferromagnetic plates require strong magnets and thicker rods (ě 24 - 25 mm). You can also use a broomstick.

The magnets

And since you can't do it without them, you'll need magnets! For this project I recommend 3 strong disc magnets with a small diameter. Since the plates used are not ferromagnetic, you'll also need a very flat disc magnet that is placed under the plate and functions as a magnetic counterpart for the rod below.

Tools needed

You'll need the following tools: A wood saw, a wood drill in the diameter of the magnets, a small piece of sandpaper, a strong adhesive and three round adhesive stickers.


Saw two 15 cm long pieces from the rod. You can make the rods longer or shorter of course. Remember: The longer the rods, the higher (and less stable) the Etagere will be. Then sand down the rod ends with sandpaper.
Take the drill and center it on one rod end. That works best with a centre point. Drill a hole that's a little deeper than the magnet that you are embedding. You can test the depth with the magnet. Do the same on the other rod end and on one (!) end of the the second rod.
The rest is child's play - just glue in the magnets. Mark the magnetic poles ahead of time, so the rods actually attract each other and the etagere is stable. For optimum adherence the magnets should be embedded flush in the rods, so they don't stick out or are sunk too deeply in the wood. The use of UHU MAX REPAIR is recommended.
As soon as the magnets are in place and the adhesive has hardened completely, you should put round stickers on the rod ends, which will protect the magnets as well as plates from scratching.
And now it's time to be creative! If a simple etagere tip is not good enough for you, you have all sorts of alternatives: leather loop, copper cap, masking tape, stickers, varnish, etc.
My tip: Since it's so easy, just try out different designs.
The etagere practically assembles itself. First, place the flat magnet centered under the bottom plate. If it makes the plate uneven, glue a felt pad underneath to balance it out. Then place the rod that's magnetised on both sides on the plate. It follows the second plate and the rod that's magnetised on one side. The mag(net)ic etagere is ready for use!
Note from the supermagnete team: We would not recommend lifting up the etagere when it has items on it. The plates could break despite the strong magnets. Just use the magnetic etagere as a very special decoration object.
On the adjacent photo you can see an application with magnetic trays. Here, the magnets only need to be embedded in the rods; no counter-magnet is necessary.
Can you feel the magnetic force? Check out this and other projects on my blog Bildsch÷nes (ravishingly beautiful).

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