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Project by alholstein posted 12-17-2012 03:16 AM 4613 views 48 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have seen various designs for this tool using screws and screws and washers etc. I thought that I would make a minor modification to the washer idea. This is a gift and I know that Montana was a favorite state for the recipient. The head makes it more interesting. The handle was a little piece of cherry that I had. I used the band saw to rough out some shape so it wouldn’t be so boring. I just put this out as an other way or making an opener.


-- Al Holstein "I wood do it"

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#1 posted 12-17-2012 03:20 AM

I like the use of the “State” quarter!

They say a wood worker can never have enough clamps….
What about bottle openers?!?

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#2 posted 12-17-2012 03:36 AM

The second best part of the opener is the bottle under it !

-- When I was a kid I wanted to be older . . . . . this CRAP is not what I expected !

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#3 posted 12-17-2012 04:10 AM

My supply of Pliny The Elder will appreciate this, as will my friend Rich to whom I owe much of my experience into the exploration of the world of the hop!

I can probably figure out the ratio of exposed quarter through trial and error, but how did you come to one that works?

-- “Weird heroes and mould-breaking champions exist as living proof to those who need it that the tyranny of 'the rat race' is not yet final.” ― Hunter S. Thompson

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#4 posted 12-17-2012 04:51 AM


I just used the Forstner 1” and 1 1/8” bits that I had and trial and error with a bottle cap as a model. I think the design is very forgiving. Drill out the 1 1/8” first and then the 1” shallow enough to allow the quarter to fit under the cap.

-- Al Holstein "I wood do it"

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#5 posted 12-17-2012 05:23 AM

Nicely done. These are still on my bucket list.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#6 posted 12-17-2012 05:33 AM

Pretty cool good job.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#7 posted 12-17-2012 10:51 AM

Neat idea.

I know just the person on my Xmas list who would appreciate one of these. Thanks for the inspiration.

-- -- Don from PA

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#8 posted 12-17-2012 04:16 PM

great idea for a great gift! I love it. Good work, and good beer, but I believe Moose Drool is the beer of choice in Montana! I’ve got to make some of these up.

-- Tony, Colorado,

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#9 posted 12-17-2012 06:10 PM

nicely done.interesting way to use the coins

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#10 posted 12-17-2012 07:11 PM

cheers :-)

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#12 posted 12-17-2012 11:17 PM

The washer would probably have cost more than the quarter anyway!


Now it should have an Oregon $.25 piece and a Widmer Brothers “BRRR!” and then it would be


Seriously—well almost—about as close as I get!

Very nice job!

If you have never had Widmer Bros. BRRR; It is also a very good beer! Portland OR brewed and seasonal—I did stach some!

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#13 posted 12-18-2012 12:36 AM

Awesome! I have some scrap Koa that would be perfect for this. All I need is a Hawaiian quarter and a Primo or Longboard…

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#14 posted 12-18-2012 12:48 AM

Very good choice of beverage. If you are ever in Boston be sure to tour the brewery, by law they can only give you 21 oz. But it is a damn good 21 oz.

-- "Not skilled enough to wipe jam on toast!"

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#15 posted 12-19-2012 12:48 AM

I think I have to start a collection of all the bottle openers posted here on LJ”s.
This one I have to try with a Canadian coin .
Thanks for posting AL.

-- Kiefer

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