2014-02-01

When a varmint absconded with the deer skull that was sitting under my workshop, I was rather displeased. When the skull was later found at the end of the driveway (after having been crushed under a tire), I was even more displeased. Obviously, the only way to convert this travesty into something positive would be to make something out of the not too mangled antler..... like another bottle opener!

Gather Some Supplies

For the actual "opener", I decided to use the end of a paint can opener.

Damn, I'm getting really low on epoxy. It is definitely past time for me to pick up some more at the hardware store.

Grind off Some Skull

After a minute of using a rotary tool with a cutting wheel, most of the remaining bits of skull were removed from the antler.

Once the base of the antler was cleaned up, I drilled a hole into the bottom of the antler.

Cut the Paint Can Opener

The metal used for these openers is quite strong, and I managed to break two cutting wheels while slowly grinding away at this thing.

Put it all Together

The metal opener was placed in the hole drilled into the bottom of the antler and smothered with a hefty glob of epoxy.

Hey, all done! Now give it to someone for their birthday.

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