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Project by tim387 posted 12-22-2015 11:59 PM 2539 views 47 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Made up another set of bottle openers from some crabapple heart wood. This piece has some good coloring from light tan to dark brown in a wonderful wavy pattern. The rest of this batch used maple and walnut.

-- Tim S. Top notch stick kicker





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Burb

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#1 posted 12-23-2015 12:25 AM

Thats a really cool design. I’ve made bottle openers but not like yours. Is this your design or did you find it somewhere?

-- I aspire to be a novice woodworker...

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#2 posted 12-23-2015 12:31 PM

I changed the handle to a style I like better from the one I saw on a vacation a few years ago. You could make the hande whatever you want as long as the pipe opening is correct.

-- Tim S. Top notch stick kicker

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#3 posted 12-23-2015 01:33 PM


You could make the hande whatever you want as long as the pipe opening is correct.

- tim387


That makes sense. Some questions:

What size copper pipe is it?

What size drill bit do you drill the hole in the wood for the pipe?

What is the width of the gap in the pipe?

And do you secure the pipe in the wood? Epoxy?

Thanks!!

-- I aspire to be a novice woodworker...

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#4 posted 12-23-2015 02:38 PM

Those are really nice. I will have to give them a try.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#5 posted 12-23-2015 02:49 PM

Congratulations, Tim, these will make very nice gifts.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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#6 posted 12-23-2015 03:28 PM

I’m also curious about the dimensions of the pipe, hole and gap! I am just starting out as in woodworking and want to try making one of these!

You could make the hande whatever you want as long as the pipe opening is correct.

- tim387

That makes sense. Some questions:

What size copper pipe is it?

What size drill bit do you drill the hole in the wood for the pipe?

What is the width of the gap in the pipe?

And do you secure the pipe in the wood? Epoxy?

Thanks!!

- Burb


-- Derek ~ Omaha, NE

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#7 posted 12-23-2015 05:32 PM

I also make openers; much more of a “REDNECK” style. Yours are elegant! Very pretty!

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#8 posted 12-23-2015 11:12 PM

I used E6000 glue. It was easier to deal with the push out than epoxy or gorilla glue. Make the slot 3/8” and keep a lip to lift the cap. My regular length is around 5” and 7/8’ wide. The pipe is 3/4” copper pipe. Regular (red printing on the side) is fine. I cut out the profile leaving a spot for the 7/8” hole for the pipe surrounded by wood. Glue in the pipe. Do a sanding to get down to near finish . THEN cut out notch and shape opener slot. It took me a number of tries to get a good lift. Good luck,

-- Tim S. Top notch stick kicker

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#9 posted 12-24-2015 06:11 AM

Tim, I remember the last lot of these you posted and am actually going to try to make some!

I’d like to know about the Crabapple. I grew up around Midway Airport and we had them everywhere, but I thought the name was just something we called the trees. Now I see how cool the wood is and I am really interested. The grain on all the openers you shows is super! I wouldn’t mind getting my hands on some.

Since I have never seen any on Ebay or Owl Lumber (LOL) I am guessing that you are getting it from you job. Is there anywhere else you know to get some? As i don’t imagine that there is tons of it around.

Happy Holidays!!! Ray

-- "They don't want it perfect - they want it SPECIAL"

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#10 posted 12-24-2015 06:32 PM

Not all the wood is like this. I go through a lot of trees with uneventfull insides. I’ve cut dozens of crabs, maple, hackberry with nothing but regular expectations.
I guess it’s like a good burl, you don’t know how it looks till you open it. I’m lucky in my job to have a good opener.

-- Tim S. Top notch stick kicker

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