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Doorkey Bottle Opener

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DoomMeister LOVES beer and his teeth, that why I'm never without a bottle opener.

On the sad demise of my last keychain beer opener I was looking around for something cool to replace it with and came across this

Being of the opinion that the best stuff is hand made, and too cheap to buy one I decided to make my own.
 
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Step 3: Cut Loads Of Times

If you are of a certain bent skip all of the below and reach straight for your Dremel, grind that SOAB right out with stone point. (If you do it this way, please wear safety glasses)

However for those of you who like to invest a little sweat into your projects, you can do what I did.

Secure your now marked up key in a vice or clamp (I used a toolmakers parallel clamp), and start cutting away with the edge of a file. I would suggest using something like a 8 inch or smaller medium pitch file.

Graduate to a fine file when you are close to the profile you marked out. Use a selection of needle files to finish off.

Just to reiterate what your apprentice master should have taught you, break all the sharp edges with 45 degree angles. This is going in your pocket after all.

sanjay1172 years ago
its a wonderfull idea!
but i think we are all forgetting old tools!
why not use wire saw to cut the desired profile?
i lernt to use wire saw by reading articles by w e burton in popular science/ mechanics!( any body heard about him?)
its a nice tool and saves your energy too!
thanks for good idea!
sanjay
EnigmaMax5 years ago
I thought it said dorkey bottle opener.
a door to a favorite home :D
LOL and great instructable!
codongolev6 years ago
kewl.
ross3536 years ago
did u cut the key by hand?? do u think an angle grinder could do the trick
doommeister (author)  ross3536 years ago
Not sure about an angle grinder, seems a little bit brutal to be honest. The metal on this type of key is a fairly soft type of nickel steel, it cuts very freely by hand and takes a good polish. To elaborate on the Dremel comment I made in the Instructable you could use a small abrasive disc, I am thinking a 5" or 8" grinding wheel would be too much. Hmm unless you had access to a surface (or universal) grinder and were willing to dress a wheel to the exact profile, that would work.
Cool! Great Instructable! Thanks
cocoasauce6 years ago
where can i buy a oldskool key like that lol ive never seen one
royshearer6 years ago
Can these be made by my local keycutter? I have one by suckUK, and it looks like its been cast, which suggests not but I don't know the ins and outs of keycutting.
doommeister (author)  royshearer6 years ago
If you wanted to pay, I'm sure a good key cutter could do this for you. However it really takes next to no mechanical aptitude to make one of these, get a key and file it down some. Jobs a goodun'

As I kind of made clear (ish) at the beginning of the instructable the Suck UK was the inspiration for this project. I'm guessing that their product is either diecast or stamped (hard to tell from a photo), I just prefer to make my own stuff when I can.
NeonLime6 years ago
This Looks Cool!... Except I Dont Know Anybody With That Type Of Doorkey D;
Go to a locksmith and ask if you cna buy/have a blank or two for that kind of key, usually it's free or they'll ask for a few pence or at the most a dollar or a pound for giving you the blank....
you can find them quite easily at antique shops for around $2-3
Ok, Thanks!
doommeister (author)  NeonLime6 years ago
Antiques, I had these as a result of a lock change. I know a lot of people who use these to lock their front door with, you might consider them state of the art round here.
Nice project, I like it and have very well appointed blank key i was thinking of doing this with, granted i'm never without ciggarettes and a lgihter so i've got a bottle opener anyway... That and I've used kinves, forks, spoons, screwdrivers, walls, tables, empty, bottles, bits of pipe, a gun, an adjustable wrench, bits of wood, a coathanger and on one very special occasion a coconut... the coconut was later filled up with malibu though...
I tend to open a beer with another bottle of beer.
I like the set the empty on the table and pick up the new technique, one swift movement of the wrist means the empty never leaves the table. granted it looks like chain drinking...
doommeister (author)  killerjackalope6 years ago
Most of the above I have used as well, however to have a proper opener on your key chain is a real bonus. I use one most every week. I can only assume you used a gun as a lever rather than to shoot the end off your beer. Its a good job access to firearms is so limited round here I doubt I could shoot straight even when I'm not pissed up.
Err there was that one time in cadets... However I used the steel sight of a beretta as a handy opener...
bigpinecone6 years ago
wow that's a doorkey project... a bottle opener made of a key! (and no, it's not stupid, i just wanted to make the joke.)
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