In my venture to start building knives and lacking the proper tools to do so, I wanted to practice things related to the craft. I thought handle would be a great place to start and while having I beer (stone IPA) I had a brilliant idea! How about a bottle opener?! So I made one, and another (more robust) and another and another two for Christmas gifts and a few shark key chain openers as well. One day I wanted to challenge myself and skills and decided to make a folding one and this is how I did it!
Step 1: materials
6" of 3/8" x 2" steel bar stock
x4 - 2" of brass round stock
x2 - 4"x2" of thin aluminum sheet
either some spring stock or scavanged spring
wood 4"x2" (I used oak, teak and mohogony)
scrap brass, copper or aluminum sheet (decorative)
Two part epoxy
wood glue (if needed)
wood oil or stain and clearcoat
drill or drill press
a whole lot of time and patients! this project took me over 30 hours!
(lots of stuff to learn)