This wall-mounted magnetic beer bottle opener is the perfect DIY gift for any beer lover and can be customized to their interests.
I'm always on the lookout for small woodworking projects that are fun and useful. Before I got into woodworking, I remember visiting my Aunt Kevina and Uncle Kent's house. They had a wall mounted beer bottle opener with a Florida Gator logo on it. What made it different from ones I had seen in the past is instead of having a box for the caps to fall in, it had a magnet that caught the caps. I thought it was pretty sweet and actually almost bought one online on Etsy.
Again as I mentioned, this was before I realized I could make stuff myself. Needless to say, this was on my list of "must-makes." I didn't just want to make a normal bottle opener without something unique about it. So I went on the lookout for cool images that I could wood burn. I don't remember what caused me to google Australian Shepherd and beer but immediately I found the perfect image that I could trace and burn into the wood. It actually looked almost identical to Zooey, which was pretty crazy.
It's been a year since I made the wall mounted beer bottle opener and it's still going strong. The key for this magnetic beer bottle opener to work is don't go cheap on the magnets. You need neodymium magnets which are strong enough to catch the caps as they fall. I tested once and it held about 15 caps before it couldn't hold anymore.
Now you don't have to do some fancy wood burn art, but I like to as it makes every one unique. Since making my own, I've actually made another three as gifts for people. To me, if you drink beer, this DIY magnetic beer bottle opener is one of those projects you might not think about, but is perfect for the kitchen or outdoor patio. I hope you get to making it!
DIY Magnetic Beer Bottle Opener Shopping List
- 1" x 6" @ 12" Oak
- Wall mounted beer bottle opener
- (2) 1" x ¼" neodymium magnets (Very important to use these as they are very strong)
- Liquid nails
- Wood stain
- 2 inch drywall screws (if placing on wall)
- Miter saw
- Power drill
- Router and bit of your choice (optional)
- Pyrography pen (optional)
- Carbon paper (optional)
- 1" forstner bit
- Tape measurer
- 1"x 6" @ 8 ½"
How to Make a Magnetic Beer Bottle Opener:
Cut board to 8 ½" long.
Measure 1 ½" from all four edges and mark for cutting.
Use miter saw to cut at 45 degrees at all four edges.
If using a router, route the edges. This gives a cool look but isn't necessary.
On back of board, drill two 1" holes side by side about 3" from bottom. Make sure to not go through the wood. You just want it deep enough to be able to place the magnets in.
If you want something artistic on front, this is the time to use pyrography pen. Use carbon paper to trace image on and then use pyrography pen to wood burn. (I found a cool image on an Australian Shepherd drinking beer.)
Stain with desired stain and protect with polyurethane.
Add magnets one at a time into each hole and put liquid nails on top. (Note - Be very careful here as magnets are very strong. I did one and let the liquid nails dry before doing the next.)
Add bottle opener about ½ inch from top of board.
If your fridge is magnetic, you can place on and it will stick. If not, drill some holes and use drywall screws so it will stay on wall.