Oak Bottle Openers

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Project by Dave Rutan posted 12-22-2015 02:41 AM 1535 views 2 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

[Legebla ankaŭ en Esperanto]

This was my first try at making bottle openers. I made a prototype from pine and didn’t like it. So I redesigned it and used some scraps of oak to churn out 4 of them. I tried making each one different. One is actually contoured for right handers, (sorry lefties.) Another one I cut short to make a sort of mini. The one I like the best is the curved ‘torpedo’ shaped one. I gave the two on the left in the first photo as gifts for Christmas this year. The other two are still hanging around the house.

[Below] This is my rejected prototype. Pine didn’t feel substantial enough and I didn’t like the way I oriented the wood. This orientation would work it you were to carve the handle into a sort of whale tail. It would resemble a blue whale then.

[Below] Each of the openers began as an oak blank about 6 inches long. I used a Forstner bit to drill about 1/2 way through the blank. The little divot left by the Forstner was ideal to locate a small hole to hold a rare-earth magnet. The magnet holds the removed cap so it doesn’t just clatter noisily to the floor. Great feature for late night drinking!

[Below] A smaller Forstner is used to inset a brass washer.

[Below] I wanted to countersink the screw that holds the washer in place, but i couldn’t figure out a way to hold the washer and use the countersink bit without damaging the clamp holding the washer. Then I figured out that I could epoxy the washer on the opener and use that assembly to counter sink the washer. It worked fairly well though the heat from drilling loosened the washer. It worked well enough.

The rest is not photographed. Basically, once the washer was installed, I used my band saw, spindle sander, belt sander and block plane(!) to shape the handles. A few coats of spray lacquer finished these up.

-Fun fact: One word for bottle opener in Esperanto is botelmalfermilo

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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#1 posted 12-22-2015 04:19 AM

Nice job, Dave.

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#2 posted 12-22-2015 05:06 AM

Who doesn’t need this in it’s home (or workshop)? Nice job.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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