Bottle Opener

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Project by Lad posted 567 days ago 2398 views 32 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I wanted to share my version of bent nail bottle opener. I ended up making several and giving them away to family members, friends and co-worker as x-mas gifts.

There are two rare earth magnets in each opener; one on the side (.375 dia) for hanging on frig. The second is on the surface that interfaces with bottle cap (.25 dia). This one catches the cap during opening process. Epoxy secures them in a counterbore.

I made templates for the side and top profiles out of poster board. Used the bandsaw to remove excess material, bench oscillating spindle sander to refine the shape, followed up with hand sanding (a few different grits of emery cloth).

Size: .75 – .82” thick x .82” wide x ~5.25”

Wood types: Walnut, Bloodwood, Koa, Birdseye maple; and those shown in photos, Zebrawood, Goncalo Alves, Purpleheart and Cherry

Finish: Danish Oil

Thanks for viewing

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#1 posted 567 days ago

Cool idea. Fist time I saw the bent nail bottle opener. Nice work.

-- Pops ~ In So Cal...

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#2 posted 567 days ago

Never saw that before. Me likee.

You certainly made quite a variety. Lovely woods. They all remind me of tadpoles. :-)

-- -- Don from PA

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#3 posted 566 days ago

I’ve never seen this type either. Cool idea. I like the red one, you’ll need my address so you send it to me :-)

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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#4 posted 566 days ago

This is a great idea for using up small pieces of scrap. I’m gonna steal this idea for sure.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#5 posted 566 days ago

First time seeing for me, too. They’re so simple, but so awesome haha… I think that’s what I like the most. Great job!

-- Tyler- Montandon, PA ------ "It aint broke, it just needs fixed!"

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#6 posted 566 days ago

Fantastic bottle openers! Like the curved shape, makes a good grip and great idea on the magnet. Well done!


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#7 posted 566 days ago

First time I have seen this idea too. Added to faves, thanks for posting and explaining the details.

-- Randy -- Austin, TX by way of Northwest (Woodville), OH

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#8 posted 566 days ago

Well done.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#9 posted 566 days ago

Very cool openers! Like Don, I also was reminded of tadpoles…


-- cut it twice and it's still too short...

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#10 posted 566 days ago

Great job Lad. I made a handful of these and wish I would have added the second magnet.

-- Jason - Colorado Springs

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