By Mary Mazzoni on Jun 16, 2013

Make a Handsome and Handy Bottle Opener from Scrap Wood

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Photo: Ethan Hagan/One Project Closer via The Art of Manliness

Photo: Ethan Hagan/One Project Closer via The Art of Manliness

“You can make a bottle opener out of just about anything,” blogger Ethan Hagan writes in a guest post for The Art of Manliness.

The experienced do-it-yourself homeowner, who shadows professional contractors on job sites to bring top-notch tutorials to his readers at One Project Closer, lists off bottle openers made from all sorts of household items like lighters, rings and even shell casings.

“All those openers probably work just fine,” he continues. “However, making your own bottle opener is a fun project, and a handmade one is sure to impress your family and friends every time.”

For a DIY opener with a bit more elegance and appeal, Hagan reached for two common tool shed materials we all have around the house; a piece of scrap wood and a nail.

Photo: Ethan Hagan/One Project Closer via The Art of Manliness

Photo: Ethan Hagan/One Project Closer via The Art of Manliness

For the bottle opener base, Hagan chose a piece of walnut he had left over from installing hardwood floors, but you can use whatever piece of scrap wood you happen to have on hand.

To achieve the handsome, clean lines of Hagan’s creation, you’ll need to do a bit of cutting, shaping and sanding work on your wood block. But trust us, the results will make your home bar infinitely more rad, so we say it’s well worth it.

Photo: Ethan Hagan/One Project Closer via The Art of Manliness

Photo: Ethan Hagan/One Project Closer via The Art of Manliness

Get step-by-step instructions on how to make this yourself at The Art of Manliness, and be sure to check out One Project Closer for DIY home tutorials on everything from roofing to remodeling.

For more boozy DIY inspiration, check out our guide to creating your own home bar cart from recycled materials.

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