Bottle Opener for Christmas

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Project by bobasaurus posted 605 days ago 2258 views 26 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 605 days ago

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 605 days ago


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#3 posted 605 days ago

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 605 days ago

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

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#5 posted 604 days ago

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 604 days ago

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 604 days ago

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 603 days ago

Nice, the wood looks like beech to me.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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