This was one of the first projects I ever did, and it's a great hit, especially down at the lake. It's a bottle cap catcher, which is great for those afternoons spent on the deck with the cooler at your side!
- 2 pallet boards
- Bottle opener (Rockler has a really cool brass one that will fade to an antique look, but I found the one in the picture for $.25 at a flea market)
- Picture hanger
- Stain (optional)
- Paint (optional) / paint pens
- Wood glue
- Small wood nails or brads (like you find in a picture hanging kit)
- Small screws for the bottle opening, hinge and picture hanger
- Small hinge (not shown, but very handy for opening the box)
- Saw (I used a mitre saw)
- Hammer or brad nail gun
- Clock mechanism
- Bottle caps
Cut one pallet board into 4 equal pieces. Make sure the bottom piece is as wide as the uncut pallet board.
Stain or paint the uncut and the 4 cut pieces of pallet board
- Once paint / stain are dry, decorate the front panel of the 4 smaller panels. This will be the front of the box
- If needed, attach the clock mechanism and hands to the panel using the directions for the mechanism
- If wanted, use bottle caps for the front of the box Affix them using either ceramic glue or screw them in using a small screw.
- Use your imagination!
- Glue the bottom and the two sides of the box together. Leavet he back side of the box open.
- Attach the front of the box using a small hinge of the left side of the front. This will allow you to open the "door" to easily clean the caps.
- Screw the bottle cap opener near the top of the uncut pallet board.
- Work on the design for the uncut pallet (for this one, I scripted, "It's Beer o'Clock at the Lake"). Be creative!
- Once the box is dry, nail the box together using wire brads like these: affix it to the uncut pallet board with wood glue. Set aside to dry.
- Once dry, use small nails to attach the box to the pallet. I turned it upside down so the nails came in from the back.
- Attach the picture hanger on the back of the catcher.
Have fun and be creative with this project! I did this behind my husband's
back, and he loved it when he saw it. Here is a list of the products I used that can be purchased through our affiliate, Rockler. I have highlighted the items you can find at Rockler, and I have the links listed below.