I recently took the Basic Metal Shop class at TechShop (course #MTL103), this is a safety and basic equipment class aimed at getting people with little to no experience working with metal shop tools safely and comfortably.
This Instructable will guide you through the process of making a simple bottle opener from mild steel strap. The process covers more tools than are necessary for creating such a simple object, but the idea was to use many metal shop tools to gain a level of comfort and understanding on a wide array of metal shop machines.
Remember to work within your experience and always work safely. There's plenty of experts around at TechShop to help you out, so don't be afraid to ask.
Ready to see how I made this neat bottle opener? Read on!
Step 1: Tools used
horizontal band saw
vertical band saw
pedestal grinder (grinding wheel)
1.25" x 1/8" x 25" mild steel strap