The $0.05 Stationary Bottle Opener

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About: Desktop Support Technician by day. Rock Drummer by night. DIY Home Improvement Enthusiast. Maker of whatever I can imagine in between it all. Professional level napper. I have a full workshop in my basem...

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

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

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

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

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

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

Step 6: Open That Bottle

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!

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    Loganandrew

    3 years ago

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

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    libertyss1

    4 years ago

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

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    mfayyaz

    4 years ago

    really easy

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    godbacon

    5 years ago on Introduction

    Love it!

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

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    lime3Dgodbacon

    Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

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

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    gnach

    5 years ago on Introduction

    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.

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    gnachgnach

    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    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!

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    -BALES-gnach

    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    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.

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    gnach-BALES-

    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    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.

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    -BALES-gnach

    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    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.
    https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.377976242336320.1073741830.185206291613317&type=1

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    godbacon-BALES-

    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    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.

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    -BALES-godbacon

    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    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.

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    gnach-BALES-

    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    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.

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    godbaconrocklocker

    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

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

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    tjk1939rocklocker

    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

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