If you're looking for a cool DIY gift, a magnetic bottle opener is a unique gift that is really easy to make! The cool part is using hidden high power magnets that catch the caps as they fall. Uncle Lou will think it's magic.
Watch the video tutorial or read on!
Step 1: Tools & Materials
For this project you'll need the following
- Wood approx. 4x12
- Bottle opener http://amzn.to/2BWKa0k
- Neodymium magnets http://amzn.to/2BYcVtB
- Krazy glue http://amzn.to/2C87WYc
- ¾ inch screws
- Wood stain http://amzn.to/2AhJodY
- Silicone (optional) http://amzn.to/2ykgrMV
Step 2: Prep the Face
For this project I used a leftover piece of 4 x 12 poplar that I pulled from my lumber storage cart.
I started by making countersunk pilot holes centered at 1/2" from the top and bottom of the piece of wood (this is for mounting the plaque to the wall).
Next I centered the bottle opener in the top third of the plaque and made pilot holes.
Step 3: Make the Magnet Holes
In order for the bottle caps to magically stick to the plaque, I used powerful magnets called neodymium magnets. You can used one really strong magnet, or several small magnets. I ended up using two 25 mm x 5 mm magnets with a pulling force of 19 lbs. each.
Flip over the plaque and make holes for the magnets using a Forstner bit. I made the hole as deep as possible without punching through.Ideally you want to use a Forstner bit the same size as your magnets, but the closest I had was 35 mm, so I went with that.
Step 4: Assemble
Now that all the holes are made, you can apply the finish of your choice. I went with just my favorite stain, Early Amercian.
After the stain had dried, I used a dab of Krazy glue to set the magnets into place. I then filled the rest of the hole with some silicone for good measure.
All that's left is to mount the bottle opener with two screws.
Step 5: Enjoy!
I'll be gifting this one, so I didn't mount it to the wall, but the pre-drilled holes will make the job easy for the lucky recipient. ;)
If you haven't already, check out the video to see it in action. This thing can hold dozens of caps!
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