Introduction: Cap-catching Bottle Opener
I originally thought of making this a few days ago, when I saw a picture of something similar it on Pinterest. I later looked it up on Amazon and Ebay, and found out that they were more than $45 for the cheapest one. I knew I could make something that would cost less than $10 to make, that would preform the same task.
Step 1: Materials & Tools
For this project, I tried to use the cheapest, and if possible, free materials.
The materials that you will need for this project are:
1x Floor sample (I got multiple of them from Pier 1 for free)
1x Bottle opener (Bought for $4 at Home Depot)
1x 6 pack of ≈.5inch Neodymium magnets (Got at Walmart on sale for $3 per pack)
2x 8mm-10mm x 2 inch screws (The size of the screw head really doesn't matter as long as it's bigger than 7mm)
(Optional): 1x Can of wood waterproofing spray
Hot glue gun
1x .5inch drill bit
1x 7mm drill bit
Step 2: Preparing the Wood
The first thing I did, before I drilled or glued anything, was cleaning the wood. The floor sample that I got came with a sticker that had all the information about the type of flooring. The first step was to clean that off. I used a heat gun to heat up the sticker residue, which let it peel all off cleanly. There was still some residue on the wood, but I decided to leave it on until I finish drilling. OPTIONAL: If you would like to make the wood not subject to stains from drinks, spray waterproofing spray on the front side of the wood slab.
Step 3: Drilling Time!
The wood sample I got already has a pre-drilled hole centered at the top, so I could already position where I wanted the holes to be drilled in accordance to the bottle opener. First of all, make sure you are on the backside of the wood sample. You want the highest hole to be positioned about a centimeter below the bottle opener (like in the picture). In order to not drill too deep, I put painters tape to indicate when I've drilled too deep. I drilled 4 holes in a diamond-shaped formation with the .5inch drill bit.
Step 4: Magnets and More Drilling!
In the four holes that I drilled, I put hot glue in each hole, and then put magnets with the north side facing down with each magnet. Also, I didn't forget about the sawdust sticking to the adhesive, I wiped it off with water and a napkin, and had no issue with that method. I also drilled a hole where the bottom hole of the bottle opener is.
Step 5: Picking Location and Mounting
I found a good location for bottle opener downstairs, where the the tone of the wood matches the backsplash of the countertop. All I had to do to mount it to the wall was grab the two screws, and screw them through the bottle opener, through the wood plank, and then through the wall.
Step 6: Finished!
You're finished! Now you can crack open some cold ones, or you can vote for me in the Beat the Heat Contest and the Home Improvement Contest, or both. If you have any tips/improvements, comment them below!