Weathered Magnetic Bottle Opener





Introduction: Weathered Magnetic Bottle Opener

Someone in the comments of An Unconventional Beer Caddy suggested adding a bottle opener to make it "a complete portable beer station". I thought this was a fantastic idea, so I decided to do something about it. Of course, I could've just bought a bottle opener, but where's the fun in that? I love this bottle opener because it's so low profile, and looks great even when just stuck on the fridge.

Step 1: What You Need:

- 3/4" diameter wooden dowel

- Nail with a large head

- Wood stain

- At least 150 grit sandpaper

- Two 1/4" diameter neodymium magnets

- Hammer

- Epoxy

- Hacksaw

- Drill or drill press

- Bench vise

Step 2: Cutting & Sanding

- Cut a 4.25" long piece off the dowel. This will become the handle.

- Sand the cut edge smooth.

- Use sandpaper to give one end of the dowel a beveled edge. This makes the bottle opener look better and feel better in one's hand.

Step 3: Drilling

- Drill a roughly 1.5" deep hole in the center of the un-beveled end of the dowel using a drill bit the same diameter as your nail. Be sure to take your time! I rushed, and ended up with an off-center hole.

- In the third image, the "face" of the dowel is shown, with the center hole represented by the red dot. The two blue bars on the sides represent the holes for the magnets. The magnet holes should appear to be at a 90 degree angle to each other when viewing the face.

- Drill the holes for the magnets about a 1/2" in from the end of the dowel using a 1/4" drill bit. Since the dowel is round (of course), the holes will have an uneven depth; you want the magnet to be flush with the surface of the dowel at the "deepest" part of the hole.

Step 4: Bending & Cutting

- Grab a bottle. Hold the nail against the dowel, and position it so that the head of the nail is just below the lip of the bottle cap. Mark where the nail meets the drilled hole in the center of the dowel.

- Bend the nail in a 90 degree angle at the mark. I used a bench vise and hammer to do this.

- Insert the nail into the center hole of the dowel. Check how far it sticks out from the end.

- You want the the nail to stick out between about 3/16" to 5/16" from the end of the dowel. If it sticks out any more, remove the nail from the dowel and cut the excess off the end using the hacksaw.

Step 5: Sanding, Staining, & Gluing

- Use progressively finer sandpaper to make the dowel nice and smooth.

- Use stain, paint, or whatever else you want (coffee? tea?) to give the dowel a weathered patina.

- Mix up some epoxy and glue the magnets in place.

- Next, coat the nail in epoxy. Stick the nail into the center hole, and make sure that the head of the nail lines up with one of the magnets.



  • Oil Contest

    Oil Contest
  • Water Contest

    Water Contest
  • Creative Misuse Contest

    Creative Misuse Contest

18 Discussions

What size nail did you use? (diameter of the head)

1 reply

The head is about 5/16" in diameter.

Similar product has been around for a while.....but as they say. Don't shade your eyes.

2 replies

If you're insinuating that I plagiarized this person's work, I didn't; in fact, I've never even seen it before.

It's cool you invented your own. I guess I've seen quite a few versions..... it was probably invented sometime after the crown cork was patented in 1892 and the iterations just keep coming. That's just the nature of design. 10% is all it takes to be unique. Keep up the good work!

pretty nice idea! :D

however you used rusty nail, need to search for other more hygienic solution :]

1 reply

Aww, what's a little iron in your beer going to hurt. It's good for your blood!

Why are there two magnets?

This is a great idea cant wait to make one.

1 reply

Good question! One is for "catching" the bottle cap, and the other is so you can stick the bottle opener on your fridge or something.

I don't have the time for this - I'll have to shuffle priorities. Thanks for such a simple and unique instructable.

1 reply

Thanks! If you end up making one, I'd love to see it :)

It's actually pretty quick to make, less than an afternoon of work!

This is an awesome, simple method for weathering wood! To more weathering effects, I've seen people beat the wood with a chain to add a stressed look. Nice project!

2 replies

Not to forget those using a shot gun to simulate wormholes xD

That's a really cool idea, I'll have to try it sometime!