|Project by 72hw||posted 01-15-2014 06:02 AM||3056 views||33 times favorited||10 comments|
So this is my take on the magnetic bottle opener. All credit to those before me who worked out how to do it, etc. – I am forever in your debt because this thing is pretty dang cool!
I have been the lucky recipient of hardwood scraps as of late, so I have been able to work with walnut, padauk, bubinga, wenge and even some mahogany as a result. None have been large enough to make furniture of course, so I needed to figure out projects that could use thin strips and odd shaped scraps – hence the bottle opener.
Not a difficult project by any means – rip thin strips, glue them onto not so thin strips, rout, sand and bore a Forstner hole in the back to accept an N50 rare earth magnet and Bob’s your uncle!
The big cost, of course, is the metal bits – magnets and bottle openers. But the finished products have been hugely popular thus far and I am wondering how many of my friends might want one now!
The magnets I am using can hold at minimum a 12 pack of caps before the wife comes round to scoop them away – I have little doubt they could hold at least twice as much, but I can only get so drunk!
I chose to have the whole works mount through the bottle opener itself into the wall – I may change my mind on future renditions if this fails. Sanded to 220, the finish is a simple coat of butcher block oil to bring out the natural feel of the wood. I quite like it!
Sorry for the bad image quality – but after 12 craft brews….
-- “Weird heroes and mould-breaking champions exist as living proof to those who need it that the tyranny of 'the rat race' is not yet final.” ― Hunter S. Thompson