Cedar Bottle Opener and Catcher

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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 09-19-2013 12:52 PM 2295 views 16 times favorited 31 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had a request for an outdoor bottle cap opener catcher and I did not want to use red oak for it. I have these cedar logs that I usually use for turning and I sawed one on the band saw to get these red cedar boards.( I got to use my sled a second time).
The back and front panels are book matched but the match up was not perfect because the pattern moved on the back panel the more I planed it. Luckily it got covered up by the opener.
A little finish and the grain comes alive.
Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#1 posted 09-19-2013 12:59 PM

Very nice and useful device. Cedar looks great.Bottoms up!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#2 posted 09-19-2013 01:12 PM

Very nice! Need one in the woodshop!

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#3 posted 09-19-2013 01:28 PM

I REALLY like this Jim. Nice work. It took me a second to figure out what the recessed hole in the bottom is for – a finger-pull! I have been wanting to build a little grilling station table for the outdoor BBQ area on my back porch. This project of yours would work out as a nice addition to it.

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

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#4 posted 09-19-2013 01:35 PM

Nice wood and a good mix with the CocaCola logo.
Have you seen some people use rare earth magnets to catch the capsules?
Quite fun too.
But then of course on looks at the capsules.
Best thoughts my dear friend, here shoulder to shoulder,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#5 posted 09-19-2013 02:10 PM

Looks great Jim. The cedar is very fitting for the outside. I have 6 chrome bottle openers I had for 25 years?, maybe it’s time to do something with them. Thanks.

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

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#6 posted 09-19-2013 02:59 PM

That’s pretty neat, Jim.

Hey Dave,
Send them my way, then you don’t have to do anything with them, :-)

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#7 posted 09-19-2013 03:00 PM

That’s a beauty Jim !
Like the way you book matched the cedar .

-- Kiefer

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#8 posted 09-19-2013 03:06 PM

Jim, I really like how the cedar grain pops when finish is applied. I really like your design.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#9 posted 09-19-2013 03:30 PM

Very cool project Jim. is that a wipe on poly finish?

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#10 posted 09-19-2013 05:28 PM

looks great man I need to make one now

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#11 posted 09-19-2013 06:36 PM

Nice—looks great for the outdoors!

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#12 posted 09-19-2013 07:26 PM

Excellent piece! I love cedar and the perfect matching. Wunderbar!

Remember, there is no problem so great it cannot be run away from.

-- Jim, Ca,

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#13 posted 09-19-2013 07:29 PM

Very nice. Love the look of Cedar.

-- Kelly, Allen,KS

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#14 posted 09-19-2013 08:53 PM

Thank you all for the nice comments. this is the last opener I have and they are real hard to find at flea markets any more.

Randy, I think this is to be used where they do their grilling outside. I don’t know how much it will be in the rain and snow.

Mads, I have seen the openers with the magnet near by. I think those are meant to just keep the cap from dropping on the ground. You pick it off and throw it in the waste barrel.

Buster, it is not poly. I think that might peel out side. It is a clear exterior spray that is suppose to be uv resistant.
Cedar does not usually like many coatings. This catcher will turn brown when it is in the sun for not too long,but it will still have the pretty grain. It may just be rustic looking from the weather in a year!!

cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#15 posted 09-19-2013 09:20 PM

Love it!

I’ll bet that Cedar sure smells good!

Beautiful job!

Thank you!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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