Introduction: "Pulp Fiction" Bottle Opener With Magnetic Catch
I made this at Techshop Detroit.
I am a big fan of Pulp Fiction and couldn't wait to involve the film in one of my projects.
This is a wall mount bottle opener with a magnetic catch for the caps.
This isn't difficult but it does take time to get everything just right.
Step 1: Supplies and Equipment
This project requires:
- Wood (I had a piece of hickory leftover)
- "It's on, motherfucker's" Bottle Opener (I found this on amazon and it really inspired this) http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00FQN7DM4/ref=oh...
- Rare earth magnet, 2 in. diameter (again, amazon for about $12) http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0012ARUFU/ref=oh...
- Bad ass picture of Samuel L. Jackson
- Drill, Fractional bits and counter sink
- Epilog 60 Watt Laser
Step 2: Cut Wood to Size and Measure
My piece of hickory happened to be 6 in. wide so I went with it. I cut it down to 9 in. The piece is 1/2 in thick.
I then measured out where the magnet and bottle opener would be. Opener is 1 in. from the top and magnet 1 in. from bottom. Each is centered at 3 in.
This gave me an idea of how big to make my images to be lasered on.
Step 3: Fire the "Laser"
I found a picture of Jules Winnfield from Google Images, he is my favorite character from "Pulp Fiction" and easily identifiable. I went with a black and white picture so I would have a clear idea of how it would turn out on the engraving. Using a larger size image usually turns out better and with greater detail. I converted the images using Adobe Illustrator and matched everything to size. The image was 4x4 in. and the font was in 21 pt.
I also filled in the rest of the area with quotes from the movie, particularly those from Samuel L. Jackson. The quotes are "Does he look like a bitch?", "Royale with cheese", and "Say what again".
The images and wording came out clearly using a power of 90% and a speed of 60 on the Epilog 60 Watt.
Step 4: Router Guide
While I was on the laser I decided to make a quick router guide to use for the magnet cut away on the back.
This was a piece of Masonite from the scrap bin. It works really well for this type of thing and there is usually some laying around.
I cut out a 2 1/4 in hole.
Step 5: Router and Attach Magnet
WARNING: these are some seriously strong little magnets!
I clamped on my router guide and just used a flat bit. It wasn't a picture perfect cut, but I am no perfectionist. I checked for depth and made sure I went as deep as I felt comfortable going to give the magnet maximum cap catch-ability.
As you can see these magnet are fragile and I did chip mine by playing around with it.
I scuffed and cleaned the surfaces of the magnet and wood using sand paper and acetone. Then, using epoxy I attached and clamped on the magnet. Give the glue plenty of time to dry and cure.
Step 6: Cut and Drill
On the bandsaw I rounded off the top. I used a bowl as a guide. It makes it look a bit more "finished" rather than just a piece of wood.
Next I drilled out the holes for the opener and holes to attach to the wall. I also used a counter sink bit on the wall attachment holes. Again, for a more finished look.
Step 7: Apply a Finish
I used Boiled Linseed Oil as my finish. A darker stain would wash out the engraving so I wanted to keep it light.
I applied the oil with a foam brush and wiped away the excess. 3 coats will give a good finish. Give the oil plenty of time to dry between coats. 12 hours is suggested.
A polyurethane would work as well, but this is what I had and it is very easy to use.
Step 8: Enjoy!
Attach the opener with the provided screws.
You want to attach this to something sturdy as you will be pulling on it.
It can definitely hold a few caps and is a lot of fun.