Introduction: Fallout 4 Bottle Openers!

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I've been playing a LOT of Fallout 4. Yes, I've got the Shishkabob from the Forged and Grognak the Barbarian's axe and costume. I've digested dozens of bottles of Nuka Cherry and now I need to bring a little bit of that fun back into the real world...

Step 1: Raise Your Agility Score First!

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I started with a couple scraps of hard maple. They need to be at least 3" square, but a bit over is fine.

Find center on the pieces by drawing two straight lines from opposing corners. Where they meet is your center line.

Now for holding these on the lathe I'll be using a chuck with a set of pin jaws. These are expanded into a hole and create ample force needed to hold the blank while turning.

I used a 35mm forstner bit at the drill press and drilled down about 1/4" or so. Any bit in the range of 1" - 1 1/2" should be more than large enough for most pin jaws.

Step 2: Pick the Workbench Perk!

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After turning the blank into round with a roughing gouge, I switched over to a round nose scraper.

I gave the piece a steep angle to the sides until my eye thought it looked like a bottle cap. I avoid too much measuring at the lathe, and prefer to just turn till it feels right.

The maple I used was 1" thick material. This seemed a bit on the heavy side after turning ( I think 3/4 or even 5/8 would have made a better choice) so I removed about 1/4" off the top and called it good.

It's a pretty simple turning, and it was already beginning to look like a bottle cap. Now just sand it smooth (about 220) and lets move on to shaping.

Step 3: How's Your Melee Rating?

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l used my Dremel with a small sanding attachment, and fine grit paper, to shape the sides into what I hoped looked like bottle cap crimps.

My lathe has an index feature. It simply means that it will lock the head stock in 12 evenly spaced points around the diameter of the spindle.

360°/12 point = 30° between points.

Since I only have a twelve point indexer on my lathe, the spacing on the bottle cap crimps is a bit large, but I think it still gives a good indication of the look I was going for.

I also struggled a bit getting the shape the way I wanted it. With a few more of these under my belt, I think I'd get it closer. Regardless, I more than happy with the shape I got.

Step 4: Science Lvl 1

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The next step is to drill a recess for the bottle opener lever. In this case, I am using a steel washer secured with a wood screw. Keep it simple! I then drilled out a 7/8 hole that overlaps the larger hole. I then pre-drilled a pilot hole and secured the flat washer with a #8 wood screw, making sure it is all flush with the back of the opener.

At this point you have a fully functional bottle opener in the shape of a bottle cap. Now… what can we do to step it up just a hair?

Step 5: Add Another Point to Luck!

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I first saw this image transfer method on Steve Ramsey’s YouTube channel. I’m not sure who came up with it originally.

I took a Nuka-Cola image I liked from the Internet and used GIMP to reverse the image and scale it to a 2” square.

I then used some wax paper from my kitchen supplies.

I just roughly cut it to letter size and sent it right though the inkjet printer. The trick here is that wax paper will not absorb the ink so it will just sit on the surface of the paper till you transfer it.

Simply press it onto the raw wood and use some pressure to transfer the image. The lighter the wood and more uniform the grain the better this works. Maple is near perfect for this technique, but it should work to some degree on most woods.

After that use some spray lacquer to seal in the image. I used wipe on poly, and it worked, but I cannot recommend it as it was a bit fussy.

Step 6: Quest Completed!

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You’re done! Make them in varying themes, or use fancy wood and skip the image transfer altogether.

It’s a great homemade gift or a fun item to use for parties. Add a couple of rare earth magnets to the back and you’ve got a cool refrigerator magnet with a purpose!

Now, It's back to the commonwealth for me. I've got a lot of work to do before I'm ready to save Shaun. Mostly customizing the paint job on my amour....


gribov42 made it! (author)2015-12-30

Awesome project! I don't play Fallout myself, but I made this as a Christmas present for a friend of mine. Few slight changes though, I recessed the logo,and it happened to turn out to be the same diameter as a bottle (so it makes a great coaster as well!). Also, instead of wax transfer, I inkjet printed onto blank shipping label stickers from Staples that I had around. While applying a few layers of spray-on clear coat, I thought it would look nice with a black ring, so I used a sharpie to apply that, then gave it a couple more clear layers to protect it. The way that I attached it to the lathe involved drilling a few holes, so I covered those up by adding little feet for it to float above the table. Thanks for the idea!

jefflahay (author)2015-12-26

Here's my version. I rough cut it on a bandsaw, finished the circle shape on a belt sander and used a Dremel cone shaped bit for the crimp effect. Then drilled the recesses with a couple forstener bits and attached the washer and screw. The biggest problem was trying to get the wax paper to feed through the printer. I ended up using freezer paper. It works great. Oh, my son loved it! He was really suprised when I told him I made it. Thanks for the 'ible.

mookie9332 made it! (author)2015-12-22

I made mine slightly different but similar. I had a large washer that I used and fit into it. I printed a label for the cap and sealed it on with polycrylic.

kludge77 (author)mookie93322015-12-22

Great look! I like the "crimps" a lot!

mookie9332 (author)kludge772015-12-23

I figured out the circumference and made a strip of paper the same length folded it in half and then each half on itself until I had a good distance. I then marked it onto the cap at the bottom edge to look more like a bottle cap and used a Dremel with the large sanding drum.

grumpyrich made it! (author)2015-12-14

While I didn't follow your full design (not being much of a gamer) or exact method (not having a lathe), I certainly used the concept and put my own spin on it:

I used a chunk of pine from a pallet as the starting point, and not having a lathe used a holesaw to get the basic round shape, then going at it with a sander to get it nice and smooth. I then used a router to soften the edges, and a 38mm flat drill bit to drill out the core on the underside for the actual bottle cap to slot into. Then it was just a case of a coat of oil to finish it of, and add a vinyl logo since I'm bobbins at drawing & painting - in my case I went for a Mandalorian Mythosaur skull, which I though went well with the chunky look: Mandalorians would appreciate the dual use of something to open a beer with, as well as giving you something to bash an opponents skull in with :o)

But cheers for the inspiration, even if I went off at a tangent!

kludge77 (author)grumpyrich2015-12-22

Sweet!! I like the simplicity of the shape!

JesseW6 (author)2015-12-13

Just a note of concern to those who may be uninformed: Wax paper will not fare well in a laser printer due to the hot roller.

DavidM50 made it! (author)2015-12-11

I'm really happy with how mine turned out especially considering I don't have a lathe and had to circularize it by hand. Instead of using a dremel, i used a small triangular jewelers file and filed it 24 times to get the bottlecap pattern.

kludge77 (author)DavidM502015-12-11

that is amazing! I wish mine was that nice!

hpsm13 (author)2015-12-09

Best and safe bottle opener...

tasios (author)2015-12-06

Neat project, from one Fallout nerd to another! Thumbs up!

PS I've been playing every day since release as well, lol, I like the changes they made, but there are a few I don't care for but I still love 4, none the less!

kludge77 (author)tasios2015-12-08

I'm a big fan of everything but the fusion core. I think that sucks!!

Watch me make (author)2015-12-04

How thick is the finished product and could you explain more on the transfer technique

Check out this Youtube video for the transfer technique. I've used it on a couple of projects and it works great.

cronosamv (author)2015-12-07

I am such a sucker for Fallout and this idea is a winner for sure. So simple and so very cool!!!

antonio.c.piresmesquita (author)2015-12-06

Great job. If i could find my lathe and table saw in my garage I would make some before Christmas.LO! Make sure you use a ss washer and screw, also protect the table saw surface prior to placed cold drinks on it. My is covered.

pcgirl (author)2015-12-05


FPSXGames (author)2015-12-04

Turned out great, that printing transfer technique is useful. Thanks again.

nancyCpants (author)2015-12-04

Cool project and really good Instructable; I never would have learned about index points otherwise. Thanks for actually explaining things in each step.

smcmasters1 (author)2015-12-04

Sorry about all the auto-correct!

smcmasters1 (author)2015-12-04

Love it. I've been playing nonstop since release day. Bout jones cola's special edition release of Nyla cola quantum. And tomorrow morning- well later this morning- I'm going to go make myself one of these. Then use it to open a NCQ!

EthanObrien58 (author)2015-12-04


ArticAkita (author)2015-12-03

Awesome! also the bit about wax paper & the ink jet trick!

DIY Hacks and How Tos (author)2015-12-03

No better way to open a can of Nuka Cola.

Thanks Jason!

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