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I made a couple of bottle openers yesterday and took some pictures of how I do it. I learned this from Brian Brazeal, and there are some key points to follow in order to get an opener like this.
Mark for slitting post-10376-0-91708400-1300976303_thumb.j
Slit a hole post-10376-0-56732500-1300976310_thumb.j
Drift to 3/8 inch post-10376-0-16652600-1300976317_thumb.j
Drift to 3/4 inch post-10376-0-22054100-1300976323_thumb.j
Mark for cutting post-10376-0-68482000-1300976329_thumb.j
Work over the horn, chamfer edges post-10376-0-32894300-1300976336_thumb.jpost-10376-0-83495000-1300976342_thumb.j
Drift too cold and split it open post-10376-0-79663100-1300976349_thumb.jpost-10376-0-33428600-1300977058_thumb.j
Dimple tab post-10376-0-90031700-1301009455_thumb.jpost-10376-0-86403000-1301009461_thumb.j
Start over post-10376-0-37656900-1300976356_thumb.j

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What is the final drift size? 1 inch?

Nice work. I love breaking something and having to start over. At least that it is an inexpensive oops!

Phil


Oh ya thanks for bringing that up Phil, I left that out.
The final drift is 1 inch- no more or you will not end up with a nice round opener, you can not forge or hammer anymore even at a black heat after you drift to 1 inch, straighten it out and leave it alone. If you do end up with one that is too big thats fine you just take another heat and flatten the end, some people make them like that, I prefer the perfect round myself.
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fbcreative- I threw that in there for teenylittlemetalguy- he commented in another post that he makes them too thin and the break out on him. This was not too thin I tried to finish the final drift and lost my heat before the drift was though, maybe it was not hot enough to start with - or, I was just too slow, but what caused the break was forging at a black heat, Iron is brittle at black heat and will break easy

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Great tutorial! Being a know-nothing, I always appreciate these kinds of posts. What was your stock size when you made your slit? Not knowing this, my friend and I made one tonight, and we erred on the large size. Most of my scrap (I work mostly in the medium of rust) is round, so I went with a piece of 1/2 in. We ended up with this after cutting the extra off:
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Also, for making the actual opening "nub", I used a 3/8 rod for a punch, but for some reason it didnt occur to me to soften the edges, so I had some gouges there. What diameter punch did you use, and what kind of radius or just eased edges did you have on it?
Thanks for the help.

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Nice tutorial Clinton. Do ya ever get that little voice when ya know ya are gettin a little greedy on your heat,,I do,,It is usually right before something breaks :D . All I can do is laugh,,I knew better,,,tnx again keep em comming!
Braedon

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The material that I chose was flat bar 3/4 x 1/4 inch, but you can use a wide range of stock. I find that this size of material gives me a bottle opener that is stout and still fits in your pocket well. That looks like a pretty good first attempt there Dan, my punch for the nub is just a ball fuller the working end has about 3/8 inch radius. Make the proper tooling for this and it can be done in the number of steps that I showed, if you are doing a demo you can get it done before the crowd falls asleep or wanders off.
And yes Braedon I did hear that little voice "Don't do it- Doooon't- Dooooaaaah! good one Hommer"

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I made a display piece for my openers yesterday. I have a store that is willing to sell my openers for me that is located in an area where a lot of horse owners live. So I came up with an idea of a display piece so the people can see how much work goes into this item. I have had several people look at the openers and go, "Wow that is neat!" so you think ok easy sale- then you tell them how much you want or it and they just give it back. It seems to me that they just do not understand what it takes, I always get the question, "How long does it take?" that seems to mean a lot to people.
I remember seeing some displays that Brian Brazeal did, I think he calls them "story boards" so this is what I came up with, I plan on mounting it to a board and forging a couple of hooks to hold the display piece and the openers, then this can hang on the wall
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My girlfriend said it was pretty cool, "A work of art" I just hope it will get the message across as to how much work goes into something like this, I do not have a closed die press just stamping theses out, this is hand made one step at a time

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Thanks Dillon- and Ralphy- keep at it I have made dozens of these and have had dozens that just end up as scrap, sometimes you make a mistake and you just throw it in the scrap bin and stat all over. You really learn a lot doing something small like this- you are doing so many different steps and you are not using very much material and fuel to do this, I can forge for a week on one 25 pound bag of coal and use less than 20 feet of metal

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Ok I finished my display piece yesterday, I am going to print a little page to attach to the left side of this display, that will explain the process and give contact info. (Oh boy now a need a business card holder).
So this is what I came up with, I was going to just use a hook to hold the story board piece, but it did not hang plumb when I placed it on the hook. So I came up with this idea of a corkscrew type holder, I wanted to keep the piece separate from the board so it can be held. The hanger is a recycled horse shoe, this follows the horse theme. I wanted to try and show some forged items, like the hook and the flower (maybe get some more work)
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Every thing on here is forged, the nails and staples are driven and clenched so they will not come out, I drilled the wood to avoid splitting

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