Beer opener

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Project by RaggedKerf posted 12-17-2012 10:28 PM 2021 views 3 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had some smallish cut offs laying around and I was looking for one more Christmas present in a care package to some friends in Texas when I came across this website: Garage Woodworks.

Looked like a pretty cool idea so I decided to try it out. Turns out I made a pretty nice little tool that a beer drinker should hopefully enjoy.

I used the scroll saw to gut the patterns out (the oak is 1/4” and the poplar started out at 1/2”) then used the belt sander to smooth everything out.

Really not much to tell, the pictures tell the story—-the two side pieces are poplar (lol I know, poplar?!) and the middle is oak (a piece cut off from some baseboard trim from my house…man, I’m getting a LOT of mileage off that stuff). I applied a stain of red mahogany (only to discover afterwards that all the stains in my arsenal were not compatible with red mahogany). Here’s the funny part—-I used one of those Minwax stain pens to do it since it was such a small piece. This is two coats. I installed a couple washers on the bottom to act as the lever that opens the bottle and it was done!

Sprayed on quick-dry polyurethane (3 coats) and let it dry 24 hours and it had a nice glossy finish.

It also gave me reason to make a little staining jig (not sure what you call them). A piece of 1×4 cut off, with three screws driven into it to support the bottle opener.

And just for the record, this is my first attempt at staining something other than a floor threshold board! It has inspired me to make some more for family and friends who enjoy a frosty brew every now and then. I’m going to experiment with shapes and designs now. Seems like I could make some that weren’t so boxy….

-- Steve

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#2 posted 12-17-2012 11:53 PM

Cool idea!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#3 posted 12-18-2012 12:05 AM

Looks like a cool design.

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#4 posted 12-18-2012 12:44 PM

Thanks guys! Yes, the design is very cool. I take no credit for it! It’s light, small enough to fit in your hand yet when it connects with the bottle, it’s very solid and takes hardly any effort to pop the lid right off. It was really fun to make. In fact, I have 3 more in the works now with different patterns to experiment.

-- Steve

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#5 posted 12-19-2012 08:30 PM

I need several of those , but I won’t be giving them away.

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