|Project by kiefer||posted 08-29-2016 05:59 PM||887 views||3 times favorited||23 comments|
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 .