Introduction: Recycle Those Airline Shots Into Salt and Pepper Shakers

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There are many uses for the plastic, one ounce liquor bottles, formerly used on airlines and now sold in liquor stores. While I do not partake myself, someone in my neighbourhood does, and throws the little bottles to the side of the road. We recycle them.

Step 1: Prepare the Caps.

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We will assume you have washed the bottles thouroughly, and now we need to remove the paper liner in the caps. I used a small screwdriver to pry them out.

Step 2: Drilling

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Drilling the holes in the caps. WEAR SAFETY GOGGLES!

I made a wooden block to drill into, and clamped it in place on my drill press, turning the caps to drill the holes in an arc.

Step 3: Finishing the Holes

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I used a chamfer bit in a handle to smooth the edges of the holes. This could also be accomplished by using dental floss or a pointed file.

Step 4: C'est Fini!

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Put the caps back on the bottles, and your salt and pepper shakers are done. I am stuck with Vodka bottles as the local "secret" drinker only seems to drink Vodka but there are endless possibilities.


ilpug (author)2012-01-14

Well darn. I had this idea yesterday, and then I saw this today. Congratulations on the idea before me though! Great how-to. I think I might make some Jaeger ones.

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