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Osage orange bottle opener for the beer swap

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Project by duckmilk posted 09-01-2018 09:28 PM 1057 views 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This year’s beer swap was a quick one to fill in between other swaps. It was agreed to concentrate on the beer first and throw together an item to go along with it. Since I had made one of these for last year’s swap, I thought that would be something that I could finish in the time allotted.

The wood I chose was Maclura pomifera aka osage orange aka bois d’arc (bow wood), hedge apple, horse apple, etc. It is a very hard wood but surprisingly, it works fairly well. This wood came from a tree on our previous property which had been killed by our mule who used it as a scratching post, and by doing so, had rubbed all the bark off about rump high. I saved a length of trunk which I split in two, treated for bugs and saved for 7-8 years.

I started with this:

The only bug tracks found were in the sap portion (yay Kenny!). The rest had that beautiful color.

I drilled two holes in the stainless opener blank and whittled down a sliver of walnut which I drove through one of the holes to create a long peg which was cut into very short pegs. The scales were aligned up with the blank and short counter bores drilled into them for added strength while gluing (pics 4&5).

I glued them up (pic 6 (yes, I made 3 in case I messed up 1, or 2)) using G-flex which offered a long working time for alignment issues.

I bought some cheap sanding drums for my drill press which I used for most of the shaping, including the finger grooves.

To round over the sides of the scales, I first started with a belt sander held in my vise, but there were issues with the sander and it quickly broke 2 new belts. So what to do? Fellow LJ Putty to the rescue once again! He had a disc sanding attachment for his lathe which made quick work of that part. Thanks again Putty!!

Finish was spray-on poly, 3 coats.
The beers:

Thanks for looking and THANKS KENNY for a great swap!

-- "Duck and Bob would be out doin some farming with funny hats on." chrisstef





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Dave Polaschek

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#1 posted 09-01-2018 09:33 PM

Nicely done, Duck! Pretty and useful!

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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#2 posted 09-01-2018 11:26 PM

Beautiful openers Duck! Sure are some pretty woods available around this country of ours!

-- Mike, A Yooper with a drawl, http://www.artcentergraphics.com

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duckmilk

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#3 posted 09-01-2018 11:31 PM

Thanks Dave and Mike. The osage is beautiful and the pictures don’t show the real color.
The slowest part was glue drying and finish drying :). Oh, and driving to Putty’s house. The roads have all changed in the last year and I got temporarily lost, lol.

-- "Duck and Bob would be out doin some farming with funny hats on." chrisstef

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#4 posted 09-02-2018 06:28 AM

Excellent assist by Putty, too. It’s good to have buds who will lend a hand.

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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#5 posted 09-02-2018 11:12 AM

Cheers

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. Kentuk55@yahoo.com

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#6 posted 09-02-2018 11:48 PM

Very nice work Duck. Looks like I need to do more scrounging around in my trees to see if there are any treasures like you found. Kenny did send me a piece of osage orange so now I need to find a good project like this to show it off.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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duckmilk

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#7 posted 09-03-2018 12:53 AM

If Kenny sent it to you, it came from me most likely. I really like the stuff.

-- "Duck and Bob would be out doin some farming with funny hats on." chrisstef

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#8 posted 09-04-2018 11:27 AM

Nice job Duck.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#9 posted 09-04-2018 01:03 PM

Great work Duck. Sure am glad you decided to jump in again! That Osage Orange is some pretty stuff! And the piece I sent Earl was from the piece you sent me :-) I didn’t have any issues with bug tracks in the heartwood either. I think it’s too hard for them to chew into! I still haven’t got a mallet made from it yet but it’ll show up eventually…

Glad to see Whistle Post is still doing their thing too :-)) I’m sure Tom will enjoy those (if he hasn’t already…)

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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duckmilk

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#10 posted 09-04-2018 04:52 PM

Unfortunately, Whistle Post is no longer in business. I just happened to have some of the beers left over. I guess that meets the criteria about not sending anything available elsewhere, lol.

-- "Duck and Bob would be out doin some farming with funny hats on." chrisstef

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EarlS

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#11 posted 09-04-2018 05:01 PM

Well now I know where my piece of osage orange came from. I’ll hold onto it until I find the “right” project.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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