How To Make Wall-Mounted Bottle Openers

I’ve been eyeing this project for a long time, and I finally made it happen! The openers pictured below were gifted to friends and family – I just wanted to enjoy making them and to teach myself how. I’ll be making more of these to sell in my store soon!

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First you’ll want to order some attractive bottle openers and screws. I used BottleOpener.com to get a variety of Starr openers. These are gorgeous and classic, so you can’t go wrong with most of what they have available.

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Next up you’ll want to select a board to cut your plaques out of. This looks like a nice piece of Birch or Poplar that I chose, but you can pick anything you want. Oak, pine, cedar, anything that is dense enough to hold a screw should be fine. Lots of people like to paint things on their plaques or get stickers or something, but I prefer the natural beauty of the grain for mine. Each and every one is unique just by the virtue of the wood.

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Next you’ll want to cut them to the sizes you find attractive, and maybe add an interesting edge with a router.

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finally, you should finish the plaques by sanding them down from 80 grit to 200+ to get a nice smooth finish, then seal them with oil, stain, or paint. These don’t have to have a food-safe finish like a cutting board does, so I used an oil here that darkened and hardened the wood to a nice finish.

A final (and tricky) touch is adding screw/nail-holes to the back with a keyhole router bit. This isn’t pictured in this how-to but I’ll do a better job of showing it in detail in the future when I post another one of these.

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Now, screw your bottle opener on the front and you’re done! These make great gifts, and I like having one in the kitchen and woodshop for myself. Good luck!

Ryan Turek

Just a guy aspiring to become a fine woodworker

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