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Forum topic by DrTebi posted 06-23-2009 10:14 AM 875 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-23-2009 10:14 AM

Hello dear lumberjocks,

I admit I just had about five beers and a good time going out, however, when I came home I realized that there is something that I should include in my future kitchen remodel: A solid beer opener.

Now what came to my mind was, that this should be something better than the off-the-shelf beer opener you might get in some hardware store. Brass, Iron, or any similar material might be the first choice, but wouldn’t it be nice to have one made out of wood entirely? I can imagine a beautifully shaped piece that is attached to the corner of a kitchen counter top, made out of one of nature’s strongest woods?

What do you think, an interesting and possible idea, or… should I refrain from posting my ideas after drinking five or more beers?

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#1 posted 06-23-2009 03:14 PM

They make drawer pulls that are bottle openers but then you’re forever bending over to pick up the caps off the floor.

I’d guess that even lignum vitae is going to get chewed up over time by the bottle caps. Why not make it out of wood and put the metal opener inside it so it’s hidden out of sight. However, I’d probably mount it to the wall as it would always be in the way if it’s in the corner of the countertop.

-- Steve, Webster Groves, MO "A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in."

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#2 posted 06-23-2009 03:34 PM

wood / would probably work fine ,
just make replacable ” opener ” blanks .
and mount it in the shop over a trash can !
that way you won’t be in the way in the kitchen ,
and you can sleep on the sawdust pile ,
if you have any more inspired ideas !

good morning jim ,
thanks for the kind words in my shop .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#3 posted 06-23-2009 04:32 PM

I’m thinking dogwood, probably because I just came in and was wondering if I should go ahead and trim them or wait until next year right after the flowers bloom. Probably have to heat the wood around the fireplace or somewhere to get it harder. I who have not yet had five beers -it’s not noon and there’s none in the fridge would have to agree with the learned colleagues above -something metal or replaceable in the inside. How about getting an old pocket knife from a yard sale with a bottle opener and build a handle around it? Then the other part of me says, all wood, why not? Give it a try. Make it a research item for school and figure out how many beer bottles you can open before it breaks. Notch the handle with each bottle opened since you’re out West.

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#4 posted 06-23-2009 07:45 PM

I agree that it probably makes more sense to use a metal part, but surround it with wood. It would be a bit annoying if I had to make a new opener every few month or so. However, now with a sober mind, I still think it would be a neat idea; at least for anyone that does drink beers that do not come with the screw-off :) Once I get more into my kitchen redesign, I will look further into this idea…

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