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post #1 of 19 Old 08-04-2014, 06:27 PM - Thread Starter
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Lightbulb Not exactly audio related...(fridge-mounted bottle openers via N50 neodymium magnets)

...but I figure many of you here like beer and building things, so I thought I'd share

I built some fridge-mounted magnetic bottle openers; two as Father's Day gifts for my dad and grandpa, one will be a Christmas gift for my brother-in-law, and one for myself (and my wife).

To give credit where credit is due, I ‘borrowed’ the idea from Kent Frayn & Joe Walsh's website dropandcatch.com.

The basic concept is the magnets both hold the bottle opener to the fridge and also snatch the falling caps right out of the air. The versions I built can catch and hold about 100 caps, although I generally clear it off before that many build up.

It definitely serves as a good conversation piece, when we have company over.

To build the bottle openers, I used walnut and maple hardwood obtained from Menards and Home Depot, Starr X bottle openers from Brown manufacturing, and high-power Neodymium magnets purchased from CMS Magnetics.

I feel like I really lucked out with the maple, as I found a 1x4 just sitting in the rack at HD that exhibited some nice curly/tiger-stripe figuring (and it only cost me $6 and some change).

Anyway, on to the pictures…

Pieces dry fit…


Glue up of front…



Glued fronts sanded…


Cavities routed for magnets…



Magnets installed…


Glue applied…


Clamped…


Look, the magnets work!



Watco, rattle-can lacquer applied to the walnut versions…



Bottle openers mounted…


Lacquer applied to the maple versions…



A couple group shots before I gave the walnut versions away as Father's Day gifts…




The one I'm keeping in use…



Anyway, just thought I’d share

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She is your dad's newest beer can opener, a model T9000... stop asking questions kid!

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Nice work. I like the magnet to hold the tops when removed - neat idea.
Down here, most of the beer bottles have twist off tops so no openers needed.

Having had the misfortune to drink some US beers here a couple of weeks ago, it'd be better if the tops stayed on.
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Great work! The end results look fantastic!
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Thanks guys! Wish I could say the idea was my own. If it was, I'd be selling them online and using the proceeds to fund speaker builds . I'm not all that creative myself, but can do a decent job at reproducing things if I have a picture to work from.

My next speaker build will be a pair of SI 18 D4s (bought them back when it looked like they were going to stop manufacturing them). I'm torn between doing 'Funk Audio' style curved cabinets, or Marty-cube style ported boxes.

Unfortunately, it will be a while before I can even get started on them. One stipulation of the purchase was I could buy them, but could not build the boxes until AFTER I finish remodeling our master bathroom (which is currently gutted down to the wall studs and floor joists). I guess it was a win-win agreement; my wife gets her bathroom done (somewhat) sooner, and I get new subs.

I'll definitely start a build-thread when I do, but it'll probably far later in the year before I'm able to finish the bathroom .

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Nice work. I like the magnet to hold the tops when removed - neat idea.
Down here, most of the beer bottles have twist off tops so no openers needed.

Having had the misfortune to drink some US beers here a couple of weeks ago, it'd be better if the tops stayed on.
What did you drink? The US has a strong microbrew industry. And with companies like Dogfish Head I would even say premium microbrews.
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What did you drink? The US has a strong microbrew industry. And with companies like Dogfish Head I would even say premium microbrews.
I'd be curious to know what you had too. It's unfortunate your recent experience with beer from the US left you with a bad taste in your mouth . There are definitely some beers here that offer little more than a headache and multiple trips to the urinal , but the micro-brews and even those beers that fall somewhere in between micro-brew and mainstream (some seasonal offerings from Sam Adams, Goose Island, etc.) are pretty damn delicious .

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I'd be curious to know what you had too. It's unfortunate your recent experience with beer from the US left you with a bad taste in your mouth
I probably was being a bit unfair guys. The brews were Bud and Coors, tried at the insistence of a Yank I met who was telling me how great it was to
be able to drink beer from home.

I don't doubt there are some excellent microbrews available in the States, as we also have a thriving industry and some are excellent. Comparing the large volume factory brews though, I much rather have a VB or a Crown. Because I tend to be a polite guest, I couldn't say what I wanted to when trying them, just thanked him for the opportunity to taste two beers I'd never had before. He was loving it, and I was wanting mouthwash.
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Haha bud and coors. You got bottom of the barrel. At least he didn't offer Pabst or old English.

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That's a sad example of American brew and a winning example of American advertising.

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Even a Canadian-brewed Budweiser beats the American version. I did a side by side test in 1988, and havn't consumed the 'domestic' version since. Different laws. Even Canadian brands like Molson and LaBatts brew a 'special' batch for export to the U.S., and they basically suck compared to what they (the Canadians) brew and keep for themselves. No comparison.

Back on topic, those bottle openers look fantastic. You should consider making a few more, and posting them for sale in the classifieds here. I'd spring for one in the $30- $35 range, and you could have a nice little side income.... IMO, and of course... YMMV

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It's for 'wall hung dude', and no, I don't need any help to 'hook-up'.... sheesh ... dirty minds around these parts....
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Thanks for the kind words!... although I wouldn't feel right selling them since I copied the idea from a couple guys who are trying to make a business of it (see reference in first post).

I'd also be underwater in the $30-$35 range; the 2"x1/2" N50 magnet that catches the caps is $23 by itself (and holds 106 lbs). Of course, I probably didn't need to use magnets quite that strong...
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Ehhh...

I was a bit of a beer snob in my 20's but have long since passed that phase. No way I would turn my nose up to a Coors, Bud, or whatever. In my old age my stomach tolerates the water/no taste beer a lot better anyway.

BTW, awesome job on the opener!
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Even a Canadian-brewed Budweiser beats the American version. I did a side by side test in 1988, and havn't consumed the 'domestic' version since. Different laws. Even Canadian brands like Molson and LaBatts brew a 'special' batch for export to the U.S., and they basically suck compared to what they (the Canadians) brew and keep for themselves. No comparison.

Back on topic, those bottle openers look fantastic. You should consider making a few more, and posting them for sale in the classifieds here. I'd spring for one in the $30- $35 range, and you could have a nice little side income.... IMO, and of course... YMMV

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Snob? Give me a break. Even Adolphus Busch didn't drink bud.

Even though it's a bland beer, you had to give credit to Anheuser-Busch to adhering to a certain level of quality for its ingredients. Since InBev purchased Anheuser-Busch in 2008 (yes bud is no longer an American company) they quickly went into cost reducing mode and that level of quality went out the window.

InBev did the same thing to Hoegaarden, which we used to drink in the early 2000s but then stopped when all of a sudden it seemed not so great anymore. We found out a few years later that InBev had bought them and implemented cost cutting. It's their MO.
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Snob? Give me a break.
I didn't mean any offense by the word snob. I completely understand where you guys are coming from.
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I didn't mean any offense by the word snob. I completely understand where you guys are coming from.
No worries. I have a case of coors light in my garage fridge. =)

I do have to admit the OP made a really nice bottle opener. Much better than the dinky one I set up in my garage....
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No worries. I have a case of coors light in my garage fridge. =)

I do have to admit the OP made a really nice bottle opener. Much better than the dinky one I set up in my garage....
Holy Crap!... That's a giant magnet Looks like 3" in diameter x 3/8" or 1/2" thick? Don't get between that magnet and a screwdriver or open box cutter . I still regret not snapping a few pix of my 'little' 2" diameter x 1/2" thick magnets holding a 2 x 4 to my fridge, before installing them.
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Maybe I should have mentioned that's just the cover holding a cheap and not so strong harbor freight magnet. =)

Seriously, very nice job on yours!
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