Scrap Wood Project! CRAZY Bottle Opener…Catapult Style!!

– G'day folks. Quick question, how do you
open up a bottle of beer? Or another other bottled
beverage for that matter. Some clever people like
to open beer bottles with their teeth. Oi, how's it goin'? (spits out) (bottle top rattles) Cheers. Quick disclaimer, not
recommended by 100% percent of all dentists. Some people like to use
a cigarette lighter, by using the lighter and
with a bit of practise you can flick that cap off. It doesn't work too bad,
but what if you don't smoke? And you could of course
used an actual bottle opener like this contraption here, but you know, it's so boring. It's so 1990s. And can anybody tell me
what this thing does? It bends and twists and carries on. Can't believe I even own it, weird. While others like myself like
to launch our bottle caps into the stratosphere by using a catapult or cap-a-pult as you see here. Check this out. And we're ready to launch.

Stand back folks. (light bang) (laughs) Did you see that? That is absolutely fantastic. Cheers (laughs) love it. G'day folks Uncle Knackers
here, from DIY for knuckleheads and in today's video
I'm going to show you, how to easily make your
very own bottle opener, catapult style, out of scrap
wood, using limited tools and for under five bucks. Sound good? Let's do it, come on, chop
chop, that's you, come on. Now before we kick off,
a bit of housekeeping. What? What was that? Is he fair dinkum? (light music) If this is your first time to my channel please, hit that subscribe button. And make sure you click the
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new content, good stuff. And yes there will be a
competition in today's video where one lucky viewer will win themselves a couple of these magnificent
DIY for knuckleheads stickers. Now these are getting
as rare as hen's teeth. As I think I've only got
about five pairs left, so make sure you listen
up and watch right through to the end of the video, so that you can pick up some
vital clues that you'll need to answer a couple of simple questions.

And with all that housekeeping done, let's go ahead and make this
crazy catapult bottle opener. Let's go. Now the first thing you need to do, is go out in the shed and
raid that scrap wood pile that you've been
wondering what to do with, for all these years. And what I stumbled
across, was this off-cut from my window architrave,
it's dressed down pre-primed pine, peter picked
a pecker pickled peppers. And its 90 by 19 or four
by one, close enough.

And to accompany that, you'll
also need a stick of pine. Roughly 35 millimetres by 35 millimetres, or inch and a half by inch and a half. And I reckon these two together, are gonna be perfect for
our bottle top catapult. Or should that be bottle top cap-a-pult? Get it? Cap, cap-a-pult, you're
flicking off a cap. I like it, I'm going with it. Now using that stick of 90 by 19, cut one piece at 460 millimetres and three lengths to 360 millimetres, whereby one of those, will be
cut down to 120 millimetres at a later date, and I'll explain why
later on in the video, so make sure you stay tuned. And you can cut the launching lever, to approximately 400 millimetres. (gentle music) With the pieces now cut, this is how it's going to go together.

This is the base, we have two sides, a top and a launching lever. To the base, I'm going
to attach the two sides, which I'll recess into that base, then I'll plonk on the top,
which I'll also recess in and then simply attach
the launching lever, too easy. I'm excited folks, let's do this. Now the first step in the
process is to recess in these two sides, into the base. Now if you aren't confident
in doing a recess join, you can simply butt
the side up to the base and screw it in, but for a stronger joint, a recess is the way to go. So come back in from
the end, 100 millimetres or four inches and keep the side flush to the outside of the base. And then just simply
trace around that side.

And that is what we will be recessing out and do the same on the other side. There you go, beautiful. The rebates mark on the
top, it's a good idea to transfer those
measurements to the underside of the piece. With the base now marked and ready to go, run a series of cuts along
the length of the rebate and then chisel out the waste. And if this looks a little
tricky and you're not comfortable with using a mitre saw, don't panic. The same cuts can be made with a hand saw, just take your time and you'll be right.

Now those recesses or rebates
are ready to be chiselled out and I've also clamped the piece securely down to the workbench. That way, during the
chiselling out process, it's not going to move around. Now just a quick tip for
you beginners out there, who may or may not have
used a chisel before, you'll notice that there's
a flat side to a chisel and a bevelled side to a chisel.

And with that in mind when
chiselling out a rebate or a recess, like we have
here, grab your chisel and with the flat side, not the
bevelled side, the flat side place that on the line
that you want to check out. The bevel is facing outwards, that way, when you tap on top, the
waste will go out that way and the chisel itself will
follow that line straight down which is what you want. Also don't give it one almighty belt, and try and knock
everything out in one hit because that will only
splinter or blow out the underside of that piece. So lightly tap on top on one side, turn the piece over and then
attack it from the other side. (gentle music) And there you have it,
two rebates, looking good. Now once those rebates have been cut, you can see how the sides
just slot in, just like that. And remember earlier, we cut
three pieces the same size? This is going to be the top, but we're going to cut this
piece down to that size there.

The reason why this is so long, is that we need to cut a
couple of rebates into this, which will be very difficult
with a piece that size. So we're doing this size first, and then we'll cut it down, to that size. (upbeat music) So as you can see, these
are now the two rebates that will need to be checked out. Now you might also notice that the width from the outside edge to the outside edge of those rebates, is the
same width as the base of the other bottle opener. And to cut those rebates out, I've set my circular
saw, to a cutting depth of around 10 millimetres,
which is roughly, half the thickness of that top piece. And you'll also notice that I've clamped the piece down to the workbench, that'll make the cutting
process a whole lot safer. (upbeat music and buzzing of saw) Alrighty, let's see how it fits. Look at that. Beautiful. Happy days. The next thing we need to do, is cut the top of the
bottle opener, to size.

And all I've done, personal choice, is run past the edge of
both rebates 20 millimetres or roughly three quarters of an inch. So we'll cut this and then
move onto the next step. It's getting exciting folks, we're almost there, stick with me. (upbeat music) Now this is basically how the cat-a-pult bottle opener is going to look. But before we assemble it
and screw it all together, we need to know the height
of our launching lever. And a good way to do that is
to grab your preferred brew or your favourite brew. Mind is Coopers mild ale, 3.5% percent. I can't do the heavies these days, knocks me around too much. And on that topic, what's
your favourite brew? Let me know, down below, anyhoo, get your favourite brew and
measure from the underside of the cap, across to the
side of the bottle opener and that'll be the
centre hole for the bolt that's going to secure
the launching lever.

Bang. An easy way to find the
height for that bolt, is to run a square
across until it lines up with the underside of that cap, and bingo, there you have it. (light drilling) Once you've drilled those pilot holes, grab yourself a speed board drill bit, mine's 25 millimetres, or an inch, and drill into the timber,
about 10 millimetres, which I've marked on the drill bit itself, with this bit of tape. And what that does, is that
will actually recess the bolt so that's flush with the top of the wood rather than sitting up on top. You don't have to do it, but I think it looks a lot better. With those holes now
counter-sunk, turn the boards over and drill a hole through the other side, the same diameter as the
bolt that you're using. And in my case, that's 10 millimetres. Beautiful. Now with the launching lever,
come back in from one end about 150 millimetres, which
is just under six inches. Find the centre and then
drill a hole through that, the same diameter as the
bolt that you're using.

And in my case, it was 10 millimetres. Now make sure you start off by drilling a pilot hole from both sides, 'cause that will make
the hole more accurate. Now we can go through with the
full size 10 millimetre bit. (upbeat music) Alrighty, let's now turn this piece over, that way the drill bit won't burst through the other side and splinter it. (upbeat music) Beautiful. Okay, it's now time to
start glueing and screwing the bottle opener together. So, just carefully place
everything in the right spot. There you go. Make sure everything's nice and flush and when you're happy, grab your drill, and what I have here, is a counter-sinking bit with a pilot hole drilled bit as well. So place it on your hole,
or on your mark and drill. Done. There's one, two, there you go. And if you'd like one of
these fancy contraptions or one that's similar, I'll link to one in the description box down below. And the reason for the
counter-sinking bit, is that when the screw goes in, it'll finish up nice and
flush with the surface.

Now you may have noticed also
that these screws are black. I actually painted them black, cause that's what I
thought looked pretty cool. There's one, and there's two, beautiful. (upbeat music) And the final step before we
attach the launching lever to the bottle opener, we need to drive a screw into the end of that launching lever
and leave it hanging out by about 10 millimetres. (upbeat music) Just like that and now we can attach this, to the bottle opener. So there it is folks, all put together. And I reckon it's looking
absolutely fantastic. And I love how those image
transfers worked out. Now if you want to know how to do those, I'll leave a link to a
previous video I did, in the description box down below.

So make sure you check that one out. Alrighty, last step, a quick
coat with a clear satin varnish and we're good to go. Now just remember, this
is an old tin that I found just floating around the shed, so we try to do these
projects for as cheaply as we possibly can. (upbeat music) And there she is folks,
all done and dusted. And I have to say, that this has been an absolute cracking little project. And now you can open beer
bottles, bang, like a boss.

And like I said at the start of the video, the project came in under
that magical five dollar mark. The wood, that was free, the bolt and the screws,
they were two dollars and the varnish and
the glue, a buck fifty. So for three dollars fifty, you get yourself this
cracking little bottle opener that'll be the talking point
the next time your mates come around for an icy cold beverage. I love it. (smacking sound) Is it okay to kiss your bottle opener? It's okay, I'm here. Now very quickly, competition time, where I'm going to select
the first 20 correct answers plus one random viewer
to win a couple of these magnificent DIY for knuckleheads stickers. Now, question number one. What's the name of my favourite brew? And question number two, what do I make in the fist video listed, in my scrap wood, slash,
pallet wood playlist? That will pop up at the end of this video.

Happy searching and good luck in the comp. So that's it folks. I hope you enjoyed that video as much as I enjoyed making it. And as per usual a big thumbs up is always greatly appreciated. Now if you could share the video that would be absolutely awesome. Alrighty, it's 10.00am. Is it a bit early to, you know? Yeah probably is. Alrighty till next time, be safe and I'm out of here.

Cheers..

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