Posted August 10, 2014
Although I prefer the pewter opener, this review pertains to both finishes.
I would agree with others that Rockler could ditch the allen wrench in every package. I typically make bottle openers 10 at a time. When I'm done, I've got 10 more unneeded wrenches.
Thank you for your quality products.
I started turning stubby handles and...
Posted April 23, 2012
I started turning stubby handles and feel they work better than long ones. I can balance the opener between my thumb and first finger easily, making for a great bottle opener. On a fresh blank, I use a 1/2" Forstner bit, drilling only enough to handle the insert. I change to a 1/4" bit and drill enough to provide room for the opener shaft. I use epoxy to hold the insert on software wood. I took a 5/16" threaded rod, added a shoulder nut with a jam nut and put it into a chuck on the lather. I screw the blank onto the rod, continuing past the insert into the wood. This stabilizes the blank when turning learned by trial and error. Installing the insert on a fresh blank helps keep the wood from splitting. I bought some extra inserts so I could turn extra handles. I also asked about buying just the opener no allen key or insert but no luck. I've tried all types of wood, including my first attempts at laminating with polyurethane glue. This is a great project for gifts. I would like to see a stainless steel version but hope the chrome version lasts for many years. As with all wood products, I hand wash these even though the opener can be removed.
I've made quite a few of...
Posted January 11, 2012
I've made quite a few of these openers and I'm very happy with the quality of hardware used.