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Project by splintergroup posted 11-13-2017 06:14 PM 833 views 14 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Tis the time of year when the annual crafts fair and week long bird watcher gathering hits town.
This fair is small, maybe 20/30 booths, three sale days, but it’s local 8^)

My wife, the glass fuser, wanted two booth spaces since she has a lot of stuff and of course I offered to help her with set up and booth sitting. I saw this as an opportunity to sell “on the side” away from the usual gallery/gift shop venue.

So since last month I have been trying to whack out a number of items. Working full time and of course making thinks for my wife’s displays eats a lot of time.

The first group of product is a gaggle of magnetic bottle cap catchers.
Magnets hold them to the refrigerator door and also catch the bottle caps as they are opened.

I’ve made these before as an earlier project so insight on the construction details can be seen there.
I performed the same modification to the iron openers since as-cast, they really suck!

Each measures about 5” wide by 10” long by 5/8” thick.

Two designs, breadboard and framed. All the frames are walnut and the center areas are veneered plywood. I only know what some of the woods really are since this was all from a veneer cutoffs bundle.

The breadboards are solid woods.

Picture #1 (left to right)
walnut/cherry/maple
redwood
spalted birch

Picture #2
purple heart/maple/hickory/walnut/white oak
birdseye zebrawood
apricot/jatoba

Picture #3
white oak
zebrawood
???

Picture #4
quilted maple
curly white oak
curly English sycamore

Any hints for my “unknown woods”?

Thanks for looking!





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ralbuck

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#1 posted 11-13-2017 06:17 PM

Very artistically done.

-- SAWDUST is THERAPY without a couch! just rjR

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Mr M's Woodshop

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#2 posted 11-13-2017 06:47 PM

Lovely work. Very different from my MBOs, of course. You make me want to use veneer on some!

Well done!

What are you selling these for? I get $35-$40 for wall mounts, $45-$50 for fridge mounts.

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

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splintergroup

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#3 posted 11-13-2017 07:00 PM

Thanks RJR, Henry!

Henry, I got the idea from you 8^)

I’m sure pricing depends on local, but I’ve sold the fridge mounts (the only version I make) for $25, but I’ll probably ask $30 at the show since this will be a different crowd.

I’ve trimmed costs, openers are about $2 and the total magnet count (13) is about $4.50.

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majuvla

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#4 posted 11-13-2017 07:26 PM

Beautiful grains and patterns. It’s so nice when you have a large market for such products.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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Jim Jakosh

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#5 posted 11-13-2017 09:28 PM

Good looking openers!

Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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splintergroup

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#6 posted 11-13-2017 09:28 PM

Thanks Ivan,
Actually it took about 1 year to sell the first dozen at the gift shop, these will probably saturate the local market for the next decade 8^)

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splintergroup

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#7 posted 11-13-2017 09:38 PM



Good looking openers!

Jim

- Jim Jakosh

Thanks Jim,
Kind of like a tape measure, I can have enough around the house to always find one, and never again have to use my eye socket 8^)

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Jerry

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#8 posted 11-13-2017 10:22 PM

Really nice looking! Hope you sell out!

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be. http://www.geraldlhunsucker.com/

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hoss12992

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#9 posted 11-14-2017 09:36 AM

Those are really cool. Great job

-- The Old Rednek Workshop https://www.facebook.com/theoldrednekworkshoptn

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CampD

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#10 posted 11-14-2017 12:06 PM

I really like these, basic (good thing) but elegant, nice pieces!

-- Doug...

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splintergroup

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#11 posted 11-14-2017 03:03 PM

Thanks everyone!

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helluvawreck

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#12 posted 11-14-2017 04:20 PM

These are beautiful bottle cap openers.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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Diggerjacks

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#13 posted 11-14-2017 05:45 PM

Hello Splintergroup

Very elegant pieces and a very good job

Beautiful curves !!
Thanks for sharing

-- Diggerjack-France ---The only limit is the limit of the mind and the mind has no limit

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MichaelDIY

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#14 posted 11-18-2017 10:38 PM

Lovely design. Great combination of wood and well made.
Do you have any information where I can purchase the bottle opener please?

-- Micharl, Melbourne Australia,

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splintergroup

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#15 posted 11-19-2017 03:05 PM



Lovely design. Great combination of wood and well made.
Do you have any information where I can purchase the bottle opener please?

- MichaelDIY

These were from Ebay, about a $1.20(USD) each. I found a domestic seller so I didn’t have to wait several months for the slow boat from China (their ultimate source).
Just do a search on “bottle opener” and you find more styles then you can imagine.

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