Spike Bottle Opener and hat/coat hook

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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 04-25-2015 07:44 PM 1369 views 4 times favorited 31 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I found a lot of railroad spikes out in Arizona where they changed out the tracks and brought a few back thinking they could be made into something. I cleaned them up on the wire wheel and tried to drill and tap them and it worked pretty good so I mounted the first one on piece of maple burl that was too thin for anything else.
I did a little cutting under the head of the spike so it could grab the cap on a bottle, too.
It works very well for an opener and a coat or hat hook.

The spike is lacquered and the wood is coated with spar polyurethane so it can stay out doors.

Cheers, Jim

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

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#1 posted 04-25-2015 08:15 PM

a pretty cool idea jim, i like the spikes being used for something…and you have a duel purpose going on looks good on that nice piece of wood…drilling and tapping it was a good way to secure it…really nice.

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#2 posted 04-25-2015 08:15 PM

Cool and multi-purpose—nice job!

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#3 posted 04-25-2015 08:15 PM

That has to go into the ”most unique” category for bottle openers Jim. I like it!!

-- 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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#4 posted 04-25-2015 09:22 PM

Guarantee I’ve never seen this model before Jim, this is a real 1 off, a handy piece of gear to have out on the porch for those hot days when a man just feels like a cold’n
beautie mate

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

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#5 posted 04-25-2015 10:00 PM

very cool. living in arizona several years before moving in the great white north – i love the idea of something found with some sort of history back to AZ.

nice job!


-- designer by education, wood working hack by choice

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#6 posted 04-25-2015 10:29 PM

Nice, Jim. Would make a great gift for a railroad buff! Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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#7 posted 04-25-2015 10:31 PM

Really cool Jim. We took the Alaskan railroad to Denali park last year and during the trip, stopping in the middle of nowhere to check on some equipment, I asked a conductor if I could have one of the many spikes left along side the tracks. He gladly gave me one. I was wondering what to do with it. You have given me some ideas. Thanks.

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

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#8 posted 04-25-2015 11:09 PM

Definitely a one off Jim, great idea.

-- Bob C, Australia. I love sharing as long as it is not my tools

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#9 posted 04-26-2015 12:37 AM

Thanks for all the nice comments. I picked up about 10 of them and brought 3 home and tapped them so I cam make some more when I get a neat piece of discarded wood. I had a friend come over and had me chop some off for him that he pressed in holes for a coat rack. I thought it would make a nice bottle opener but it needed a little groove cut under the head to catch the cap.

One of the guys in the park is a blacksmith and said they make nice axes when heated in a forge and banged flat. He said the best ones were the ones with an HC on the head. I have 3 down there with the HC and will try to make an axe next winter if he brings his forge down there.

Cheers, Jim

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

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#10 posted 04-26-2015 01:02 AM

nice idea Jim,looks good!

-- James,Alabama,

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#11 posted 04-26-2015 01:16 AM

cool idea Jim. good thinking !!!!!!!!

-- phil, nevada

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#12 posted 04-26-2015 01:36 AM

Love it Jim

-- "These are my principles. And if you don't like them, I have others." ... Cheers, David from Sydney Australia

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#13 posted 04-26-2015 02:16 AM

Very nice. This gives a new meaning to “spiking a drink”

-- Jim, Ca,

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#14 posted 04-26-2015 03:28 AM

... would very much want to try this Canadian beer!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#15 posted 04-26-2015 04:38 AM

Very COOL way of letting the Spike live on for a useful purpose.

... everyone that uses it to open a bottle will know that their drink has been Spiked! :)

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

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