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Project by Mr M's Woodshop posted 08-10-2016 09:24 PM 967 views 17 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have a mission to bring more magic into everyone’s life.

Because who couldn’t use a little magic?

This first picture is of a Magic Bottle Opener at work in our home, bringing us magic, one bottle cap at a time.
Many people try to tell me that it’s not magic holding the bottle caps in place, but they’re wrong.

It’s magic. Rare earth magic.

After all, what else makes metal things hover in space, other than magic? The laws of gravity no longer apply. It’s magic!

The only problem I have, honestly, is keeping up with the demand for these Magic Bottle Openers (I call them MBOs). They quickly became my best-selling item, once I started making them in quantity. I made one, and sold only two special orders last year. This year, I made a selection … and people started selecting.

There are two basic options: single magic and double magic. The single magic version is made to wall mount, and the double magic version will stick on your attractive refrigerator – or could also be used as a wall mount, if you choose. I include the screws to mount your MBOs on the wall with every purchase (you just remove the small screws holding on the bottle opener and replace them with longer screws to do a wall mount).

The last picture is of the back of a double magic MBO; I use 3×1” x 1/8” N50 magnets in a triangular pattern to catch the caps, and those are sunk as deeply as possible without blemishing the wood on the front of the MBO. The 4 corner magnets are as close to the back surface as possible; they are what sticks to the attractive refrigerator. I’m using 7/8” x 1/8” N52 magnets for these positions.

All hardware was sourced through ebay. With quantity buying, I’ve been able to get my magnet price per MBO below $3 for single magic and $6 for double magic. Bottle openers add another $1.60 or so, depending on the finish used.

As you can see, I’m making a wide selection of colors using about 20 species of exotic & domestic hardwoods. Finished pieces are about 5” x 11” x 5/8”.

-- Henry Mowry, Santa Clarita, CA, http://www.MowryJournal.com





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JimRochester

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#1 posted 08-10-2016 10:06 PM

These make for some great scrap wood projects.

-- Schooled in the advanced art of sawdust and woodchip manufacturing.

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USAwoodArt

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#2 posted 08-10-2016 11:00 PM

Interesting…I was just looking at some of these online just about a week ago. Amazon & Sharper Image sell them also…must be popular

-- Wood for projects is like a good Fart..."better when you cut it yourself"

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#3 posted 08-11-2016 02:43 AM

very interesting. good project for drop offs. thanks for posting

-- wiser1934, new york

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#4 posted 08-11-2016 02:50 AM

Great looking bottle openers! I may have to make one for myself!

-- Dean

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#5 posted 08-11-2016 08:36 AM

Nice work, I make these as well and also make them the shape of a Bottle which sells even faster. Forget what magazine I saw in in. I bought a MDF pattern from Woodcraft that was on sale being it was cheap and save alo of time. Great job.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#6 posted 08-11-2016 02:20 PM

I may have to make one for myself! I know rare earth magnets are strong but how well do they hold on the attractive fridge? Just curious, seems like the leverage from the bottle pulling down on the opener would pull it loose from the fridge. Maybe I’m underestimating the true magical power. :)

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Jeff_in_LSMO

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#7 posted 08-11-2016 02:40 PM

big improvement over my wall opener… i’m gonna make one

also, i remember when you first joined… you’ve really stuck to it and impressed me

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Jeff_in_LSMO

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#8 posted 08-11-2016 02:41 PM

also, what might be a cool addition would be to have a “scraper” that you would pull down to scrape the caps off.

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#9 posted 08-11-2016 03:49 PM

The first one I made didn’t have large enough magnets to stick on the fridge well, which is why I moved to the N52 7/8” diameter x 1/8” thick magnet. With 4 of those on the surface of the back, you cannot pull the MBO from the fridge – you have to slide it off the side.

I test every MBO after I epoxy the magnets into place. Occasionally, I find that I drilled the holes too deep and 4 magnets don’t hold the MBO securely enough … so I add another magnet.

I’m serious about quality control!

And Jeff, you honor me. All I’m doing is hanging out in the garage & making sawdust … and loving every minute of it. Well, except for the cleaning up part.

-- Henry Mowry, Santa Clarita, CA, http://www.MowryJournal.com

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#10 posted 08-11-2016 05:38 PM

This will be a borrowed idea!

Out of curiosity; what do you sell them for?

It seems to me you will have about $8 tied up in each for materials& shop supplies etc.

Very nicely done!

-- just rjR

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Mrkixx

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#11 posted 08-11-2016 06:25 PM

Nice work, every time I see these kinds of openers I always say I’m going to make some and then I forget. I like your style. Oh hey do you get the bottle opener on line too.

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#12 posted 08-11-2016 06:39 PM

I currently sell the single magic version for $35 and double magic for $45. I constantly tweak pricing to get it right … but those are the #s TFN.

Yes, I get the bottle openers online through ebay. I ordered 80 more yesterday, if that gives you any indication of what I’m up to in the shop these days!

-- Henry Mowry, Santa Clarita, CA, http://www.MowryJournal.com

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#13 posted 08-11-2016 08:02 PM

Great job! If you don’t mind me asking, where do you sell? Local craft fairs, or online like Etsy?

-- Albert Einstein - "I'd rather be an optimist and a fool than a pessimist and right."

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Mr M's Woodshop

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#14 posted 08-11-2016 08:12 PM

I do local craft fairs & boutiques almost exclusively. I do have 2 store front boutiques that carry part of what I make as well.

My wife does small batch skin care products; we do the craft fairs as a totally out-of-control hobby.

You might enjoy my blog of our adventures doing pop-up events; that series runs on my daily blog under the title “The Board Chronicles.” Last weekend got totally out of control … it ran as a two-parter:

When Nature Fights Back: A Special Edition of The Board Chronicles, and

The Board Chronicles: Mammoth Lakes Fine Arts & Crafts Festival 2016.

-- Henry Mowry, Santa Clarita, CA, http://www.MowryJournal.com

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#15 posted 08-12-2016 12:03 AM

Nice job!

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