Mr Smith

Bottle openers from railway spikes

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These have been really popular as gifts. I can't keep up with demand! ^_^

Firstly, here's the "How-to"
http://i1178.photobu...ttleopeners.jpg

Here's photos of the process...
The original spike:
http://i1178.photobu.../openers002.jpg

Putting in the "step"
http://i1178.photobu.../openers003.jpg

Punching the slot
http://i1178.photobu.../openers005.jpg

Round off the slot
http://i1178.photobu.../openers001.jpg

Put the "tab" in
http://i1178.photobu.../openers008.jpg

Lastly, I recommend making them in batches of six... for.. er... "testing" purposes. :rolleyes:
Once I know they work, I clean them up and give them a coat of something. Enjoy!
http://i1178.photobu.../openers009.jpg

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Those look good, and that looks like a proper way to test them- with a good German beer. Now I have to go to Bevmo and find some of that beer so I can do some "testing" of my own.

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This looks fun! I am doing a demo at a old ghost town Friday and Saturday and this looks like it will make a great demo item. Thanks! :D

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I've done two styles of spike bottle openers -- several like Moose Forge described, and one like this: http://images1.vat19.com/covers/large/railroad-spike-bottle-opener.jpg The one point I'd make is that if you make the lip or tab that catches the underside of the cap too long, it'll grab the glass and snap the neck right off the bottle. It takes surprisingly little effort.

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