Bottle Opener Prototype

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Project by Nugs posted 06-19-2013 12:42 AM 3822 views 2 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Saw some neat easy to make bottle openers on this site built by another lumberjock so I figured I’d give it a try.

This is actually my second try at it, my first prototype failed miserably, the washer bent in half and couldn’t open a bottle. I had used a brass rivet because I thought it would work out the first try, on the second try I used a screw and two washers because I have a limited number of rivets. The washers still bent slightly, so i glued them down and that seemed to solve it.

Going to make another revision soon with some small changes. Leave the tip a bit longer, one washer glued down, brass rivet instead of screw, centres the washer. Maybe I’ll try making the handle more rounded too?

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#1 posted 06-19-2013 02:07 AM

Nice opener – we all learn from doing – I bet you nail the next one :-)

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#2 posted 06-19-2013 02:28 AM

I have made a ton of these. I use a penny. Washers are like .05 cents, pennys are…..well you get the idea.
Here are a few of the things I have learned. The hole should only be as deep as a bottle cap, you just want the cap to barely slide under the ‘opener’. Leave as little metal exposed over the hole as possible. Look at a bottle see the distance from the edge of the cap to the bottle neck? That is how much the washer (penny) should stick out. I glue the penny in and let it set up then drill the hole for the screw.

These were all made from wine barrel staves. The purple is actual staining from the Cabernet.

-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith

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#3 posted 06-19-2013 05:19 AM

Looks nice. You’ll get it. Trial and error makes good woodworkers and good projects.

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

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