Author Topic: A 21st birthday present  (Read 437 times)

Offline bent

  • Full Member
  • ****
  • Posts: 227
  • Wet side of Washington State, USA
A 21st birthday present
« on: June 27, 2018, 10:56:46 PM »
Thought about putting this in the tooling section...but maybe it's better here.

As #3 son has reached drinking age come this weekend, I decided to whip up a prototype bottle opener.  Every bottle opener I've had (except for the original type of church keys) have suffered from the biting edge of the tool wearing out with use.  Figured a fix for that (and a use for the worn lathe inserts I have) was an opener with a carbide insert for the bit that engages the edge of the bottle cap.  So, a couple of steps milled into a scrap piece of 1/4" thick aluminum, and a #4 tapped hole and truss head screw, and voila:

Beta version.  Production version will have the long edge of the insert spanning, so you don't have to fuss with alignment of the insert to the bottle cap ridges.  But for a beginner, maybe this will slow him down a bit?  Cheers everybody  :cheers:

Online b.lindsey

  • Global Moderator
  • Full Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 11622
  • Dallas, NC, USA
    • Workbench-Miniatures
Re: A 21st birthday present
« Reply #1 on: June 27, 2018, 11:04:09 PM »
Somehow, I don't think he will mind the extra alignment. Clever idea, just wondering if the carbide will be brittle. Guess you will find out shortly :D

Bill

Online Vixen

  • Full Member
  • ****
  • Posts: 768
  • Hampshire UK
Re: A 21st birthday present
« Reply #2 on: June 27, 2018, 11:06:23 PM »
I think breakages have been taken care of. It's an indexable tip, bottle opener.

Mike :Jester: :Jester:
It is the journey that matters, not the destination

Offline bent

  • Full Member
  • ****
  • Posts: 227
  • Wet side of Washington State, USA
Re: A 21st birthday present
« Reply #3 on: June 28, 2018, 01:40:53 AM »
I've done some pretty brutal stuff to inserts, it takes quite a whack to make them chip.  But, yes, it's indexable, and I have a few more dull/chipped ones he can replace it with, if/when.

Offline crueby

  • Full Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 6165
  • Rochester NY
Re: A 21st birthday present
« Reply #4 on: June 28, 2018, 02:06:14 AM »
Start with a sharp one, have a camera ready for the look on his face as it just cuts a notch in the cap rather than popping it off!!   :Lol:

Offline Pete49

  • Full Member
  • ****
  • Posts: 635
  • top of the gulf SA, Gateway to the Flinders Ranges
Re: A 21st birthday present
« Reply #5 on: June 28, 2018, 05:24:58 AM »
Thats pure evil Crueby......I ilke it  :cheers:
I used to have a friend.....but the rope broke and he ran away :(

Offline kvom

  • Full Member
  • ****
  • Posts: 1618
Re: A 21st birthday present
« Reply #6 on: June 28, 2018, 12:51:36 PM »
Needs a cross hole to go on keychain.   :popcorn:

Offline bent

  • Full Member
  • ****
  • Posts: 227
  • Wet side of Washington State, USA
Re: A 21st birthday present
« Reply #7 on: June 28, 2018, 08:54:53 PM »
Good idea kvom.  Or a series of "speed holes" down the frame?  Something to do this afternoon...:)