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Tiger Maple Bottle Opener

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Project by Kevin posted 05-14-2013 04:58 PM 1235 views 9 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I wasn’t going to post this since it is exactly the same as a bottle opener that I already posted except that this one is tiger maple and the other was walnut. But the grain in this piece of maple looks so nice I had to post it. Holes are drilled with a 1 1/4 in forstner bit. A 1 1/4 in fender washer screws down into the 2nd hole overlapping the 1st hole enough to catch a bottle cap. When I made my prototype I just took a beer bottle out to the shop with me so I would know how deep to drill each hole. I’m going to pick up some leather laces for the lanyard hole. Thanks for looking.

-- Measure twice, cut once, then rout a whole bunch





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Sanding2day

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#1 posted 05-14-2013 05:05 PM

Would have to agree with you that this is beautiful wood… Have been looking for a bottle opener to attach to the back of my bar, didn’t occur to me to make one :) Thanks for sharing…

-- Dan

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doubleDD

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#2 posted 05-14-2013 05:23 PM

Cool. You can really see the tiger lines. Good job.

-- --Dave, Downers Grove, Il. When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams

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Kevin

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#3 posted 05-14-2013 05:37 PM

Thank You guys. I kinda lucked into some of this maple. I bought some walnut slabs and boards off of a guy that was moving I also picked up a 10 foot long piece of curly maple with incredible grain, and he threw in a bunch of Tiger maple scraps. Those scraps made this bottle opener and a bunch of cutting boards and I still have some left.

-- Measure twice, cut once, then rout a whole bunch

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cajunpen

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#4 posted 05-14-2013 09:07 PM

Looks great Kevin. Next time you work with Tiger Maple – get a little brownish color dye and mix it in with your finish to really make the Maple pop. I just might have to try a few bottle openers myself – thanks for the idea.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased." http://www.cajunpen.com/

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Kevin

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#5 posted 05-14-2013 11:45 PM

Thanks for the tip Bill.

-- Measure twice, cut once, then rout a whole bunch

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Oldtool

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#6 posted 05-15-2013 12:47 AM

Nice piece of wood, curly maple is beautiful stuff to work with.
I like your trial and error method of using a bottle of beer to determine drilling depths. Think I’ll need to make a few of these openers, maybe try different drilling arrangements and types of wood, and test each one on another bottle. Sounds like fun.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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Kevin

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#7 posted 05-15-2013 12:49 PM

That does sound like fun. Its all in the name of improvement.

-- Measure twice, cut once, then rout a whole bunch

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Dusty56

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#8 posted 09-01-2013 05:32 PM

Beautiful Maple and a cool tool : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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