Introduction: The $0.05 Stationary Bottle Opener

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If you're anything like me (handsome and funny), you misplace your tape measures constantly.  I have a small space and 4 tape measures .. still happens.  You also misplace your bottle openers and you don't carry one because your key ring is already crying for mercy.

You, my fine feathered friend, need a bottle opener you can't lose ... and you want it for free!!  Or a few cents if you don't already have a washer and a screw.

Step 1: The Parts and the Bits

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Find yourself a washer and a screw.  I already had them.  You might have to steal them ... or buy them ... you should probably buy them.

Also, find yourself two drill bits.  Mine were 1 1/4" and 1 1/2" Forstner bits and I love them.  If you don't have a set, save up your allowance and get some.  You will thank me.  Maybe ask Santa if you know him.

Step 2: Drill the Larger Hole

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Drill the larger hole in your desired location.  This was a mock up so it's a scrap 2"x4".  I went as deep as the bit, which was 1/2".

Step 3: Mark the Second Hole

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Position the washer, making sure you leave enough room for the bottle cap, and mark for your second hole.

Step 4: Drill the Second Hole

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With the smaller bit, drill the second hole, but only as deep as necessary for the washer to be flush with the surface.

Step 5: Install Washer

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Pop the washer into the small, shallow hole and screw that bad boy down.

Step 6: Open That Bottle

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You're done!  I installed mine in the front leg of my miter saw station as you can see in the first picture.  I'll never misplace that thing!


Loganandrew (author)2015-06-13

Great idea thanks. I used a hockey puck instead of a piece of wood as a Father's Day present

libertyss1 (author)2014-01-26

Great idea! I'm making one of these bad boys!

mfayyaz (author)2013-12-25

really easy

lime3D (author)2013-12-16

Love it.

godbacon (author)2013-11-14

Love it!

suggested enhancement: routed cap luge covered in plexi or acrylic, with receptacle.

lime3D (author)godbacon2013-12-16

Instead of a receptacle, you could fasten a magnet recovered from an old speaker.

gnach (author)2013-11-10

What, you don't carry a Swiss Army knife? I thought everyone did. Clean design. I'd like to get a bigger peek at the sliding bench/work top, tho.

gnach (author)gnach2013-11-10

I was too hasty. Instead of 2x4, use 3/4 saw butts but bore thru. Stain and varnish, or not, an give to the buds for C'mas!

-BALES- (author)gnach2013-11-10

I don't like working with things in my pockets as I find it annoying for some reason. I have a Leatherman, but I set it down just like the tape measures. I like the 3/4" scrap idea for quick shop gifts.

The stand in the picture is my miter saw station, which was a free Woodsmith Shop design.

gnach (author)-BALES-2013-11-10

Sorry, I was trying to be clever. I'm the only guy I know that carries, but it is my favorite tool. Thanks for the miter saw tip.

-BALES- (author)gnach2013-11-10

Here's a look into my shop. Some of the stuff is from designs I've found on youtube and many are my own. I'll be happy to answer any questions or point you to the source if applicable. Sorry that it's an FB page, but my personal site crashed years ago and I never took the time to rebuild.

godbacon (author)-BALES-2013-11-14

Drums! huh.
Nice shop. I need to get mine set up. I have a stack of quarter sawn seasoning in the front yard. What is the stave jig do the curve or the bevel? I always wanted to make a barrel.

-BALES- (author)godbacon2013-11-14

Correct on the jig. The miter saw was leaving gaps in glue joints, so this is one method of truing up the edge. Other methods would be some sort of table saw sled or even a modified shooting board and hand plane.

gnach (author)-BALES-2013-11-10

Wow, most that's impressive. All in single car garage. You're a master of organization. I really liked the drum slitting sled, well executed. Thanks for the peek.

rocklocker (author)2013-11-08

Ingenious, but alchohol and power tools are a bad combo.

godbacon (author)rocklocker2013-11-14

Not that a glue-up requires power tools. The shop-vac is pretty safe on a few beers.

sleeepy2 (author)rocklocker2013-11-10

You're obviously not a woodworker, rocklocker.

godbacon (author)sleeepy22013-11-14

Some of us wait till we're done to indulge. I like my fingers.

Rich99 (author)rocklocker2013-11-10

yup, that's how i got all my stitches!

tjk1939 (author)rocklocker2013-11-10

Don't you just love it? There's always someone out there looking out for your well being.

wobbler (author)rocklocker2013-11-10

Time to give up power tools?

ZaneEricB (author)2013-11-12

sometimes in life you get to have that moment when all you can say is...seriously!? Has this been that easy this whole time?!...

I have a butcher clock begging for a bottle opener carved into its side!

Thank you!

Steamcrunk (author)2013-11-12

simple. functional. perfect.

-BALES- (author)Steamcrunk2013-11-12

From the looks of your bench during your Steampunk prop build, you know exactly where your bottle opener is, or have other methods. That prop turned out awesome!

PhantomOfHeat (author)2013-11-11

I like the idea and it is easier to find instead of looking for a pair of pliers to grab the cap with and pull off.

nomadillo (author)2013-11-11

well done, nice read.

davintosh (author)2013-11-11

Slick! I've been thinking of mounting a bottle opener in my garage, but love this idea. Simple and stealthy!

A nice thing to add would be a rare-earth magnet (scrounged from a dead hard drive) a couple inches below the lower hole to catch the bottle caps. I like a tidy shop!

-BALES- (author)davintosh2013-11-11

I'll have the try the magnet idea. I work in an office and scrounge them from broken Blackberry holsters/cases.

spark master (author)2013-11-11

truly simple

I love it, but beer opener in the wood shop..........can you say Three Fingers Louie my friend?

Only kidding I know you would only open a real sugar cocaola with that bad boy during shop time.


jrfrank (author)2013-11-11

Careful not to spill any!!

lovethebackwoods (author)2013-11-10

I love your always-ready 'ible and will install one or two as soon as I finish assembling my home woodshop (unfortunately my teaching assignment was changed during the summer and I returned to school to learn that my wonderful woodshop was no more). Readers, no snarking about spirits and power tools! I have been known to down a bottle or two of grape soda or root beer. The lids have to come off somehow, and I have never felt impaired with grape pop in one hand and a measuring tape in the other. We all know to be appropriately careful with glass, of course. Keep these neat projects going - thanks!

maxhuey (author)2013-11-10

Here's an even quicker way to do it, takes all of 30 seconds to do.... much quicker than I can type this instructions... lol
Hammer a 4 inch nail into one of the legs of your work bench until you have about 1 inch of the nail left, then hammer to bend the nail from the top side by about 45 degree, now you got yourself a bottle cap opener - quick and dirty!

fredthomke (author)2013-11-10

Great 'able. But you don't really need the 2nd shallower hole for the washer. Just mount the washer so it overlaps the 1st hole per your step three. Why the need for the 2nd shallow hole? Takes time to unload my first bit, install the 2nd, and cut the hole -- that's serious drinkin' time!

-BALES- (author)fredthomke2013-11-10

I liked the look of the washer being flush to the surface and it kept the washer from swimming around since the screw isn't a perfect machined fit. But you're right, it isn't necessary and I like your time management.

Harry Gumboot (author)2013-11-10

Use a piece of scrap 2X4, use a router to carve a trench from the larger hole to the bottom of the wood, mount on the wall and let the bottletops slide down into a plastic bucket. Get a big enough bucket and chuck your empties in there too. Straight into the recycle bin the next morning, assuming you can handle the clatter. It's pouring rain where I live at the moment, and I'm looking for a little inside project. Hmmm...

-BALES- (author)Harry Gumboot2013-11-10

Nice modification. I'd like to see a picture of it if you make it.

sdfer (author)2013-11-10

Simple is elegant :)

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ledshed (author)2013-11-10

Brilliant! I love the simplicity of it!

Bill WW (author)2013-11-10

Now here is a useful Instructable. Thanks - simplicity is rare and, yes, elegant.

wobbler (author)2013-11-10

Simple and genius in one united form.

kyle brinkerhoff (author)2013-11-09

charles eames would be proud

oh and im putting one into the edge of my work bench right now!

davelane24 (author)2013-11-08

Love it! What is the tool you are using to mark the hole?

-BALES- (author)davelane242013-11-09

The tool is a simple (cheap) shop made awl. Section of a 2"x4" cut and then shaped on my oscillating belt sand. Drilled a hole in one end and set in a 3" finishing nail with epoxy. Just sharpen it up on the bench grinder as necessary. I'll use a harder steel next time as the nail has some flex in it.

bob3030 (author)2013-11-08

Elegant in its simplicity. Good job. Thanks for posting.

technologyguy (author)2013-11-08

Nice one! Every garage should have one.

lareaud (author)2013-11-08

So simple, so usefull!

gcanders (author)2013-11-08

Awesome. Now where would you put the hole for a keg's tap?

kenbob (author)2013-11-08

So love this instructable. Necessity is the mother of invention:)

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