One of the things I try to do with all of my creations is to use objects and material that someone else no longer has use of. Railroad spikes are one of those things. They can be found alongside tracks all over the country, at the local swap meet, even on Ebay. In any event, they're very easy to procure.
That makes them ideal for experimenting with and figuring out new things to do with them, repurposing them so that we can get more use out of them
So I came up with this idea for making a bottle opener. It's pretty easy, not terribly demanding, and is a great way to familiarize yourself with some basic power tool skills.
And if you're lucky enough to live near a Techshop, I highly recommend checking them out. I made this at Techshop
. They have all the tools necessary to make this cool project.