|Project by Doe||posted 07-14-2012 12:20 PM||2060 views||1 time favorited||3 comments|
It all started with making a Compact Camper Roasting Stick™ Kit for a friend (I forgot to take a picture) using some spalted birch. Then I thought it would be nice to do a matching bottle opener like the ones by cmw, KnotCurser, Paul Pomerleau, and Wolffarmer. I was planning to do a flat one like theirs but hey, I might as well turn one using the same branch.
I used a ton of thin CA glue to give it some strength; I think I’ll try Wood Juice some time to see how that works. I’d like to have an opener outside all the time and not have it rot. I sanded it to 800 on the lathe and by hand for the stick-y out-y bits.
I was going to use the bandsaw to flatten it for the screws but it was a whole lot faster just to beaver it off using a sander. I have some tiny rare earth magnets (3/8” I think) in a very safe place and I was planning to have them on the same side as the screws so the cap doesn’t get lost in the grass (or skitter across the kitchen floor).
The openers are definitely rustic but they really show off the wood, I’ve done five so far and plan to do more; they’re fun to make and easy to do, and finding the spalting was a delightful surprise.
Thank you for looking and I’d appreciate your comments and suggestions.
-- Mother Nature talks, I try to listen