Mounted Bottle Openers With Magnetic Cap Catchers

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As I’ve mentioned many times, my family makes presents for Christmas. Unless the wife and I are making consumables, we usually split up the assignments and make gender-specific gifts. Everyone’s married, so it all goes to the same house anyway. This year, the wife made chevron infinity scarves for the girls and I made bottle openers for the guys. I didn’t invent this; I saw this idea somewhere on the internet years ago and thought it was a cool idea.

This is an easy project that anyone can do. I added some flourishes here and there, but those can be omitted if you don’t have the tools. I envision this being used on porch railings or in basement workshops, so I went with outdoor-friendly cedar. I couldn’t find a 1″ x 4″ length (which is really ¾” x 3½”) of cedar wood, so I bought a wider piece and ripped it down to 3 ¼” with my table saw. Then I cut that board into eight 9″ segments.

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The cedar has a rough face and a smooth face. I wanted the rough face to be the front simply because it’s more interesting. Next, I drew a line 2½” from the bottom across the backs of the wood pieces. Then I used a forstner drill bit to cut a hole almost all the way through the wood at the center of the line. I didn’t get a picture of this step, but you’ll see it later.

After that, I routed a simple 45° angle along the front edges of each piece for decoration. Then I drilled screw holes ¾” down the center of the top and the bottom of each piece for mounting later. Finally, I hand-sanded every side of each piece

I wanted it to look finished, so I stained the front of each wood piece with Minwax Early American Stain. This gives it an faux antique look that will age well. That said, the cedar would age to a nice gray if left unstained. That would look good too.

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When the stain was dry, I rubbed the face and sides of each piece with one thin coat of satin finish polyurethane. Once that dried, I super-glued two neodymium magnets (1″ X 1/8″) in the center of my hole on the back. These things are crazy strong. You won’t believe it until you try to separate them.

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Then I attached some vintage-looking bottle openers on the front of each piece. That was it. Here’s how it works.


 

Cost breakdown

$16 for the wood
$28 for 20 magnets
$36 for 8 bottle openers
$80/8 = $10 per bottle opener.

I already had the drill bit (that’s why the hole is much bigger than the magnets), the stain, and the poly, but those would add around $25 to the project of you had to buy them. That would make the bottle openers come out to about $13 each. Not too bad, right?

I paired these gifts with a six pack of local beer (or an assortment of soft drinks for the non-drinkers), meaning that each gift cost less than $20 total.

Mounted Bottle Openers With Magnetic Cap Catchers
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