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Project by kiefer posted 08-29-2016 05:59 PM 1713 views 3 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

As promised here is how I make the bottle opener and I added a bit of carving .

I use a 3” length of maple handrail for this one which I cut off with my mitre saw set at 32DEG.

Here is the piece of maple and marked out for drilling of a 1 /1/8” hole which is as deep as the bottle cap +1/16” .

Using my shop made centre punch made from a drive pin to mark the drill centre .

Now to the drill press , the piece is aligned resting against the fence and a support block that is cut at a 32 DEG. angle and clamped to the drill press table . I use a 1 1/8 bit for this .

Here is the drilling done with two overlapping holes which gets rid of most of the waste material .

A chisel and file remove the rest of the waste .

Using my table saw sled and the same block I used drilling I cut the grove for the mending strap .

A bit of cleanup with chisel and the strap fits .

centre the mending strip and mark the holes ,drill pilot hole and install the screws with a bit of wax on the threads this maple is hard .

The shape lay out after trimming the sides to square on the band saw .
I cut the line on the side first and tape the off cut back on and cut along the front line and with a bit of sanding I have the finished opener .

On this one I did a little carving with a carbide bit in my laminate trimmer just to enhance the look a bit .

The mending plate goes back on and the opener is ready for use .

I hope this explains it well enough and if I made ten at a time it would take about fifteen to twenty minutes each and the price is right .



-- Kiefer

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#1 posted 08-29-2016 06:12 PM

Very good explanation. Got one question. Would it have been easier to drill the overlapping holes first and then cut the 32 deg. angles on the ends afterward?

I like the texturing you did on it. Very cool.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#2 posted 08-29-2016 06:17 PM

The drilling has to be perpendicular to the 32 DEG. face .
I guess there a other ways to do it but this is easy and works for me .


-- Kiefer

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#3 posted 08-29-2016 06:49 PM

Klaus,now nobody will never thirsty in your shop
as usual your work is diferent and masterful
have a nice day

-- bambi

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#4 posted 08-29-2016 07:13 PM

And there I was getting ready to use the screwdriver again. Good explanation Klaus. Looks like a snowball.

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

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#5 posted 08-29-2016 08:11 PM

Thanks Bambi
Enjoy your day and have a beer .

That is to keep the bottle cold .LOL
Make one and mount it on your wall .

-- Kiefer

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#6 posted 08-29-2016 10:49 PM

Thanks for the info. It looks good to go !

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#7 posted 08-29-2016 10:49 PM


Been busy with paperwork! MY FAVORITE thing to do.

Nice detailed presentation. Hey if you ever want to step it up a notch consider opening your own school of woodworking?

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#8 posted 08-29-2016 10:54 PM

Now wasn’t that simple and easy. Once the master explains it. Thanks Keifer. This is one I will be using.

-- Bob

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#9 posted 08-29-2016 11:02 PM

Looks good!

Thank you!

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

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#10 posted 08-29-2016 11:52 PM

Very cool and very unique bottle opener! You should get some good use from it!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#11 posted 08-30-2016 12:16 AM

Klas you are one clever woodworker , thanks , i loved the tote too

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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#12 posted 08-30-2016 12:52 AM

Excellent tutorial and spectacular work as always my friend.
Many woodworkers (including myself) owe you a lot for sharing your expertise Klaus.
Thank you.

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#13 posted 08-30-2016 01:52 AM

Excellent explanation, add another project to my list to complete this lifetime.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#14 posted 08-30-2016 01:39 PM

I think it would look a lot better without the “carving,” for what it’s worth. But its for you, not for me, so who cares.

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#15 posted 08-31-2016 09:40 PM

Real cool make Klaus

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

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