Rt 66 Bottle Opener with Catcher

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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 06-14-2017 07:59 PM 1840 views 1 time favorited 31 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I bought this bottle opener at a flea market and just got around to making a mount for it. It is mounted on a teak board and the catcher is half of a turned cylinder made from teak staves. The catcher has a couple of .080” dowels to locate it accurately for gluing and a slide out dovetailed”drain” plug!!
The mounting screw for the board are hidden behind the opener on top and behind the plug on the bottom

It is finished with Danish Oil and clear gloss lacquer.

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#1 posted 06-14-2017 08:03 PM

Nice one, Jim.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#2 posted 06-14-2017 08:05 PM

I like this one Jim, hey that’s a tricky little conceal on the base, cunning old dog :)
cheers bud

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#3 posted 06-14-2017 08:12 PM

Now you’re just showing off.

-- Mark

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#4 posted 06-14-2017 08:47 PM

Love It!

OK, how’d you cut the horizontal portion of the dovetail??

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#5 posted 06-14-2017 09:30 PM

Cool little opener/catcher Jim….Nice fit on the dovetail!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#6 posted 06-14-2017 09:51 PM

Nice one Jim. Looks great. You could take the opener with you if ever you drive Route 66 and stop for refreshments.



-- Cliff Australia : Snoring is good. It blows away all the Sawdust.

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#7 posted 06-14-2017 10:00 PM

Very nice work Jim, I really like this project. Where did you get the little sign?

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#8 posted 06-14-2017 10:04 PM

Very NICE… We live not far from Route 66 … 1/2 mi or less…

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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#9 posted 06-14-2017 10:17 PM

I like it, Jim!

-- God bless, Candy

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#10 posted 06-14-2017 10:42 PM

Thanks for all the nice comments.!!

Hi Pete. I like hiding the mounting screws whenever I get the chance!!

Hi Lew, I cut the whole dovetail on the scroll saw with a skinny blade. I cut one side, backed out and cut the other side and then swung the part real fast and went horizontally to complete it on the other side. The material removed made it quite loose, so I cut some .015” teak veneer and glued it onto both sides of the plug and sanded it to get a good fit. I glued on some small pieces on the top of the dovetail on the inside to stabilize it when sliding in. It would have fit better if the base was thicker, but that worked out to make it fit good!

Hi Papadan. I bought it from a guy at the Burly Park Flea Market here in Michigan. It was the only one he had and I had never seen one like it before

Hi Joe. I was on Rt 66 in March on the way home. We stopped in Winslow ,Az to get a picture with the guy standing on the corner and see the girl in the flatbed Ford.
This is in the middle of the intersection:

cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#11 posted 06-14-2017 11:59 PM

Nice job Jim and a great tribute to that route 66. I’m hoping to take a trip on it again soon.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#12 posted 06-15-2017 12:19 AM

That’s neat.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#13 posted 06-15-2017 12:19 AM

Love your design and attention to detail especially the dovetail slide out.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#14 posted 06-15-2017 01:05 AM

Good find Jim & nicely added to. All you need to do now is drive the route or have you already done it ?.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#15 posted 06-15-2017 06:45 AM

Very nicely done. It could be sold as classic American souvenir.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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