|Project by RaggedKerf||posted 12-17-2012 10:28 PM||1577 views||3 times favorited||5 comments|
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 http://vaughtwoodworks.wordpress.com