Introduction: Rustic Pallet Bottle Opener

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What inspired me?

The step between practicality and aesthetics can often lead to design failures, focal products and in some cases a change in the original use. however, when they meet, and the practicality base lines with the over all look of the design, some pretty amazing things can happen. I decided to make a very simple bottle opener that used some random bits from my room. This is what I made and how I made it. Enjoy.

What will you need?

-jig saw or band saw

-disk sander

-find sand paper

-13mm speed bit or forstner bit

-32mm speed bit or forstner bit

-pallet wood

-12mm washer

-screw with a 4.5-5.0mm screw head

-drill press or normal hand drill

-optional finishes

Step 1: Step 1 - the Form

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Form is really important when making something like this. It needs to be small enough to comfortable hold, but long enough to apply the correct force so it can be used as a bottle opener. So, I measured our existing bottle opener and decided up on a length of 80mm a width of 30mm and a depth of 20mm. The first mark was the basic rectangular shape. I used a jig saw to cut this out making sure to stay proud of the line so I could sand it later.

Step 2: Step 2 - Drilling

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Once I had the basic shape, I needed to use a 13me drill bit to drill a hole centered 35mm away from the end. I made this hole 3mm deep.

I then used a 32mm speed bit to create a 10mm deep hole 15mm away from the same end.

I used a 10mm screw to secure the washer in place and then moved on to sanding.

Step 3: Step 3 - Adding the Washer

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I used my palm sander and my disk sander to further shape the work piece and add stronger and more finished surfaces to the bottle opener. I wanted a smooth fitting shape so it made the piece more personal, and I used some files to add internal curves. I used a sheet of 400 grit sand paper to finish the piece and a soft sanding block to get rid of the sharp corners.

Step 4: Finished

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Thank you so much for reading this Instructable, even if you clicked onto the by accident thank you. Every view counts. I love these mini projects as it gives you people, my viewers, a quick and simple project to try at home, please feel free to comment, follow and favourite for more amazing Summer DIY projects like this one.

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