Bottle Catch and Opener

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Project by GunsOfNavarone posted 04-01-2016 03:23 AM 1158 views 2 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first post, and my first project working with lumber I didn’t buy at a box store. I’ve been lurking on the site for awhile and thought it was finally time to post a project of my own. I recently joined a local woodworking guild and thought this was a good project to learn how to use many of the machines on my own.

It’s a bottle opener with a trick. I drilled out a hole in the back and inserted a rare earth magnet. It’s strong enough to catch the bottle caps as they drop down. I made 10 of these as gifts for my buddies, and they went over great. A nice easy project, and each one only cost me about $6-7. It was a great experience, and the help I received from the guild members was much appreciated.

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#1 posted 04-01-2016 10:45 PM

What kind of wood is that? This is a great gift idea! Looks good!

-- From Pittsburgh, PA

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#2 posted 04-02-2016 12:54 AM

What kind of wood is that? This is a great gift idea! Looks good!

- Matt Hegedus

Thanks! I used walnut finished with two coats of heated Danish oil and two coats of oil based poly. Best advice I can give is get a really strong rare earth magnet…I wouldn’t use any less than 1-1/2×1/4. Some people have luck with multiple smaller magnets which may be a cheaper option. Also drill as much as you can without going through the wood.

Also, I used the screws for the opener to mount it into a wall stud, which worked out great.

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#3 posted 04-02-2016 02:51 AM

Really nice!!! The wood is beautiful and the finish makes the grain really show through!!! Good job!

-- Angie, If dogs don't go to heaven, then when I die I want to go where they go!

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