Reclaimed Pallet Wood Bottle Opener

Stephen Scott Johnson
by Stephen Scott Johnson
Who doesn't like a good pallet project? Pallet wood has a beautiful weathered look and chances are you can get the pallets for free. That is why I love this pallet wood bottle opener project. You can either prop this on your kitchen counter or attach it to the wall. It's a great project that can easily be done on your Saturday off.
Let's start with some used pallets that are in nice shape. I got this pallet from a friend's store. The stamp said it was heat treated only and no signs of chemicals. No worries though since the wood won't be coming in direct contact with beverages or food. You'll need a good pry bar and a hammer or two. Some folks like to saw the boards off the pallet using a jigsaw or sawsall. Wear your safety gear and watch for hidden nails.
I freehanded a layout of the back board onto one of the pallet boards and cut it out with my bandsaw. A jigsaw will work also. I also cut the boards that make the little box on the bottom to catch the caps. It's a very simple design.
Here's a pic of me glueing and nailing the bottle opener together. I used wood glue and my trusty Ryobi nail gun. I just love this tool for small wooden crafts like this. The quick clamps come in handy for holding the assembly together while I tapped nails in place.
Mount the metal bottle opener to the pallet boards with two wood screws. Before you screw this in place you may want to take a bottle and test it to make sure you have the right clearance from the catch box at the bottom. Also, make sure the two screws aren't longer than the thickness of the wood.
Here is one pic of the finished bottle opener.
Here's a pic after I mounted it to the wall. You can put these outside or inside. I have one that just sits on my kitchen counter top. Some folks also like to embed a magnet in the wood and the magnet catches the caps when they fall. In that case, you may not even want to build a box on the bottom.

Don't forget to save your caps. You can recycle and make crafts with them also.

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Stephen Scott Johnson
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