The Better Beer Bottle Opener

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Project by Transition posted 01-09-2012 06:13 AM 5491 views 30 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I imagine that some more industrious turner could use this general idea to make a bottle opener that resembled a baseball, football, hockey puck, soccer ball, etc…

First I’d like to than the giants upon whose shoulders I stand:
Paul –
Bob –
Ryan –
And some unknown craftsman in Cameroon!

My admission may get me kicked out of LJs but, I hate beer. But my neighbor and his occasional guests enjoy it. So for his Birthday I decided I would make him a couple of beer bottle openers like the ones created by my predecessors listed above.

There was only one fatal flaw in their designs – No lathe involved! This of course is what makes my openers better.

Each opener is ~3.5” diameter x 2”high, not counting the screws. Wood: White Mulberry, White Oak, Elm. The bottle caps are pressed in, and can be changed out. Underneat the caps are the requisite magnets. However, after using them for a while he asked for pedestals to sit them on instead of sticking them on the fridge. The screws are 3/4” apart. Finish is wipe-on poly.

-- Andrew, Orange County, CA -

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#2 posted 01-09-2012 06:41 AM

I like this idea. Nice work.

-- There is no such thing as scrap wood, only smaller projects.

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#3 posted 01-09-2012 06:49 AM

Greetings from the socialist capital of America – California.
Why do you think they call it the ‘left coast’?

I don’t drink either. Great work. So how did you make them?

Moreno Valley’s local has-been.
Servant of the Living God.

-- I may not have a lot of good ideas, but some of them are just incredible.

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#4 posted 01-09-2012 06:54 AM

pretty darn cool design.


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#5 posted 01-09-2012 09:04 AM

@Lee – I took a relatively small hunk of wood, and shaped it on my lathe. But I guess you could just cut a circle out of a thick piece of hard wood and sand it to shape. They are about the size and feel of a large door handle.

I used a skew and parting chisel to cut a groove for the caps. On the bottom I scribed a circle equal to the diameter of a cap, drew a straight line through the circle such that the two points where the line intersected the circle were 3/4” apart, and drilled holes for the screws at those points. The holes were slightly smaller than the screws so that the screws would have some purchase. I had to adjust the screws so that they were at the right height (tested on an unopened bottle). Then I backed the screws out a quarter turn, applied some CA glue, and returned them to their adjusted position.

-- Andrew, Orange County, CA -

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#6 posted 01-09-2012 04:21 PM

Thanks for the honorable mention.
Great design.
It is interesting to see how these have progressed from the first generation until now.
I know your neighbor will love them.

-- Close to Ottawa Ontario Canada

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#7 posted 01-09-2012 04:40 PM

Interesting. Great finishes. Very unique.

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#8 posted 01-09-2012 10:49 PM

Can see these selling like hot cakes at the local market, another great idea Andrew
well done

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

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#9 posted 01-10-2012 12:35 AM

@Paul – thank YOU for posting the original!

@Pete – no patent pending on these, so go for it! You could probably mount a 12” long block of wood an turn 4 at a time.

-- Andrew, Orange County, CA -

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#10 posted 01-10-2012 12:53 AM

Need idea, great execution

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#11 posted 01-10-2012 01:23 AM

Very cool… Great, now I want a lathe too. LOL

-- Lucas, "Someday woodworks will be my real job, until then, there's this"

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#12 posted 01-10-2012 01:57 AM

NICE! – everything in the kitchen should be re-made out of wood, and when possible, done on the lathe.

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#13 posted 01-10-2012 04:16 AM

Very nice!, I like the personal touch of the favorite beer cap!
This is a nice inexpensive gift.
Thanks for showing this off.

-- rhykenologist and plant grower

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#14 posted 01-10-2012 08:52 AM

I can see a version using a glue-up blank of contrasting woods to give a checkerboard pattern on the top.

Consider this idea “stolen”. It’s going in my favorites file.


-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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#15 posted 01-10-2012 04:31 PM

I had no idea I had started a following of these. I like all the variations that everyone has come up with. It’s cool to see how things can snowball when people put their own spin on it.

My wife has put the task on me to try to find something a bit more aesthetic than screws to use to remove the cap (but still using the same idea). I tell her screws are good looking, but she has other ideas for the kitchen. Thoughts?

Keep the ideas flowing! Good work!

-- Ryan -- Bristow, VA

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