|Project by KnotCurser||posted 05-29-2014 09:39 PM||1511 views||2 times favorited||10 comments|
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.
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