Stainless & Burl bottle opener and engraved leather coasters

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Project by GrantA posted 09-19-2020 12:55 PM 1427 views 1 time favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

For this year’s beer swap my recipient was my good friend mikeacg. We recently worked on a project as a joint effort where I used some 12ga 304 Stainless so I thought it fitting for a special bottle opener!

I cut out a rectangle, milled the elongated hole, experimented through trial & error to get the little step milled right so it would grab a cap. Then came the shaping, sanding & polishing…

For scales I had a nice piece of stabilized burl (maple maybe?) and wanted to keep the overall thickness down so I resawed it on the bandsaw into thinner bookmatched scales, here they are straight off the saw with some DNA wiped on – gorgeous!

Now it was time to attach the scales, but we need something fancy for these scales. Enter my first time making mosaic pins. My hands were busy with epoxy so I don’t have pics of the process but I used stainless tubing and copper solid bars with epoxy dyed with alumilite black dye.

I also put together a commemorative logo to laser engrave onto a leather coaster, and another one for grins.

Last but certainly not least I sent some of my favorite beers that I know Mike can’t get way up in MI. I forgot to take pics of the beers so I’m stealing Mike’s from the swap thread :-)

This picture from the thread looks good too so I’ll go ahead and add it here

It’s always fun playing along with these swaps- if you haven’t tried one you should jump in!

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#1 posted 09-19-2020 02:26 PM

Wow, Grant, you made your own mosaic pins! I am impressed. I just buy them, much easier. And that burl is killer.

-- WWBBJ: It is better to be interesting and wrong, than boring and right.

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#2 posted 09-19-2020 04:56 PM

That bottle opener will have a special spot as a reminder of what can happen when LJers put their heads together on a project. I had a great time working on the sign project with Grant and I think it turned out fantastic. I wasn’t sure how it was going to work with 2 guys that many miles apart…
We didn’t break the new opener in last night as all I had at the house was canned beer but we did make use of the leather coasters at happy hour! And now I have a good excuse to go and buy some bottled beers!!!

-- Mike, A Yooper with a drawl,

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#3 posted 09-19-2020 06:43 PM

Great work Grant and nice beverage selection :) The burl is the bomb, but you must be watching too much Forged in Fire to have made those mosaics ;p

-- Bill, Yo! Brooklyn & Steel City :)

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Arlin Eastman

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#4 posted 09-19-2020 07:09 PM

Goodness that bottle opener is just beautiful.

-- It is always the right time, to do the right thing.

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#5 posted 09-19-2020 09:15 PM

The opener is great. The burl and pins are killer.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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Dave Polaschek

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#6 posted 09-19-2020 09:43 PM

That’s a great story and a great gift, Grant! And making your own mosaic pins is pretty hard-core!

I’m sure Mike will appreciate the opener and the memory of that sign well into his Depends years. Hopefully he’ll have a doctor who will prescribe a Happy Hour beer to him so he can keep using it for years. ;-)

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#7 posted 09-19-2020 09:43 PM

The opener and pins are really nice Grant and the coaster designs are great. I’m glad you got Mike as your recipient so you could share yet another project with him:-) Well done!

-- "Duck and Bob would be out doin some farming with funny hats on." chrisstef

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#8 posted 09-19-2020 10:32 PM

Great Job,
really authentic beer swap items.

Hay Grant, in keeping with tradition you best ask Mike to post a picture of those items on the hood of the Hearse.

kind regards

-- There is no hope for any of us if we keep apologizing for telling the truth.

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#9 posted 09-19-2020 11:30 PM

That wood in the opener is just amazing. The pins really set it of nice!

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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#10 posted 09-20-2020 09:50 AM

pretty sure I wouldn’t sully that opener with a beer cap, to me it’s a definite wall hanger where everybody could see it

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#11 posted 09-20-2020 11:03 AM

I think you are tight Dick! Maybe it needs to be in one of those: “In Case of Emergency…” boxes to hang on my wall?

-- Mike, A Yooper with a drawl,

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#12 posted 09-20-2020 04:31 PM

totally awesome looking wood on that opener and make your own pins WOW GREAT JOB :<)) GRATZ TOP 3

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN :<))

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#13 posted 09-21-2020 02:38 PM

Awesome work man! The mosaic pins and milled opener are killer :-)

-- I collect hobbies. There is no sense in limiting yourself (Don W) - - - - - - - - Kenny in SW VA

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