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.50 Caliber Bottle Opener with Oak Bullet

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Project by KnotCurser posted 54 days ago 983 views 2 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

One COULD say that this is a MANLY bottle opener, but that would be a tad sexist, eh?

I just happened to have a .50 Cal BMG Shell Casing laying around from my stint in the US Army a couple of decades ago and decided to put it to some good use.

The metal part was easy – a couple of cuts on the band saw, some polishing compound on a cloth wheel and Bob’s Your Uncle – done!

The bullet, however, wasn’t the easiest thing to make, considering I don’t own a lathe that is….......

Happened to have a piece of an old oak dowel and chucked it in my drill press. Some 60 grit sandpaper took it most of the way and some finer grits did the rest of the shaping.

I tinted the oak with a bit of stain and applied a coat of spray lacquer on the entire project.

I realized that in my first three pics I showed no reference to how big a .50 cal casing is – therefore I took another pic with it in my hand. Overall, it stands six inches tall – the bullet itself is an 1 3/4” long!

The thickness of the casing easily rips off a bottle cap with no problems.

Cheers!

-bob

-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: rrww@rhoadesclan.com / www.rhoadesclan.com





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johnhutchinson

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#1 posted 54 days ago

Lookin’ good, but there’s nothing overtly sexist abut a 50 cal. :)

-- John - Central Ohio - "too much is never enough"

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KnotCurser

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#2 posted 54 days ago

John,

Isn’t it a bit ironic that you are stating there’s nothing sexist about a girl shooting a 50 cal and in the picture the entire gun is pink? ;-)

Truthfully, some of the best shooters in the world are female – archery as well.

Still – it IS a MANLY Bottle Opener!

-bob

-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: rrww@rhoadesclan.com / www.rhoadesclan.com

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mcoyfrog

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#3 posted 54 days ago

Sweet

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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Mean_Dean

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#4 posted 54 days ago

I suppose a big ol’ opener calls for a big ol’ beer!

-- Dean

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johnhutchinson

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#5 posted 53 days ago

Sorry about that, Bob. I’ve had that picture in my WHAT THE ??? file for quite a while. Couldn’t resist posting it here.

I’ll never understand what the parents were thinking. Baby’s First 50 CAL ???

I fired one in basic training, and that was enough for a lifetime.

-- John - Central Ohio - "too much is never enough"

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Rick

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#6 posted 53 days ago

Very Nice Bob!

-- COMMON SENSE Is Like Deodorant. The People Who need It Most, Never Use It.

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stefang

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#7 posted 53 days ago

Good use for empty cartridges. Might be a bit more manly to shoot the bottle tops off.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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hoss12992

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#8 posted 53 days ago

Absolutely love it. LOVE the 50 Cal. Shot one for years, and now hopefully you will let me borrow your idea for the bottle opener for some of my old casings. Semper Fi

-- The Old Rednek Workshop https://www.facebook.com/theoldrednekworkshoptn

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KnotCurser

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#9 posted 53 days ago

Hoss,

Have at it! If you need a better side view to see the detailed cut lines just let me know.

Cheers!

-bob

-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: rrww@rhoadesclan.com / www.rhoadesclan.com

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Roger

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#10 posted 53 days ago

Pop the top. Bottoms up. Cheers. I have one o these for opening those pints o Guinness’

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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