Bottle Opener for Christmas

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Project by bobasaurus posted 12-24-2012 11:41 PM 2765 views 28 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this wooden bottle opener as a Christmas gift for my uncle, using ideas from various lumberjocks projects like this . It’s made of some kind of mystery wood… not oak or maple, but the grain looks similar. I hand-made some rivets (by peening brass rod) for holding the quarter and plugging the forstner divot. I’ve tried it on some beer and soda bottles and it works great. Finished with satin wipe-on poly and paste wax.

And before anyone asks, it’s perfectly legal to use a quarter like this. The defacing currency laws only apply when the intent is defrauding, so art usage is excepted.

-- Allen, Colorado

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#1 posted 12-25-2012 01:20 AM

Nice job! I like your design. I initially tried a penny but it bent with use. How is the quarter holding up?

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#2 posted 12-25-2012 02:09 AM


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#3 posted 12-25-2012 02:57 AM

The quarter seems to be holding up well. Being thicker than a penny might help, but we’ll see in the long run.

-- Allen, Colorado

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#4 posted 12-25-2012 04:07 AM

I could’ve used one of those about an hour ago! great job!!

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#5 posted 12-25-2012 02:43 PM

Well done and will be making some for gifts .
A rare earth magnet to hold the cap and fill the divot could be done also .

-- Kiefer 松

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#6 posted 12-25-2012 06:22 PM

I was just going to comment on the destruction of currency, but you explained yourself. Knowing this, I’m going to have to use this little piece of information on some of my current projects. No, I’m not going to defraud the government. Nice looking bottle, by the way. I wonder if you have spalted oak there. I have a board of it, and that’s what this looks like.

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#7 posted 12-26-2012 12:22 AM

Kiefer, that’s a nice idea… might use that next time.

Mip, it does look a bit like oak, but it didn’t work the same as either red or white oak. Oak is much more splintery and hard… this was a little harder than soft maple and planed and cut super nicely. Maybe the spalting would soften it, though I’m not sure. Cool stuff though. I wish I had more than the small piece.

-- Allen, Colorado

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#8 posted 12-26-2012 03:40 PM

Nice, the wood looks like beech to me.

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