Chechen bottle opener

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Project by Jaydee829 posted 02-29-2016 02:01 PM 838 views 1 time favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

This is a bottle opener I made out of Chechen (Caribbean Rosewood). I mounted it to the wall using two keyholes on the back side. It is finished with BLO and Shellac. This was the first time I used BLO. It was very cool to use, though I did notice some grain muddying after the second coat. Luckily, the shellac added some of that definition back. There are 4-5 coats of shellac on there, sanding in between coats w/ successively higher grits. For the last coat (after sanding w/ 1000 grit wetdry) I cut the shellac a little from a 3# cut (just using the Zinsser shellac from the home store) in order to get it to have a little less viscosity.

This was the first time I experimented with a mirror finish like this. It turned out pretty well. To go any farther, I think I would need some polishing compound and a project that mattered a bit more than a bottle opener :-)

The Chechen, despite its high density, was very user friendly to cut, rout, and sand. I still have quite a bit, so I am looking forward to using it again.

-- Justin, California

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#1 posted 03-05-2016 04:12 PM

Embed a rare earth disc magnet from the back below the opener and it will catch the bottle cap.

-- Quando Omni Flunkus Moritati

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