Christmas Basket Name Tag and Bottle Opener

Added a glowforge touch to my gift for my father. I used 5mm underlayment, I got an uneven color in the engrave so I sprayed a little black to darken. Then I sanded the top layer and removed the darker wood layer and found a knot. Not what I planned, but still made it work.

Instead of engraving the metal on a bottle opener, I glued two pieces of proofgrade cherry onto a steel bottle opener.

Here it is all put together.

The font being so close to the root beer label was coincidence.


threading the engraved wood onto the basket was a stroke of genius. That looks great.


Very nice! I think veneer has a lot of possibilities that haven’t been realized. I have to keep reminding myself about it.


I used Medium Cherry Hardwood for the opener. But know that you mention it veneer might have been a better choice.


Now that is a cool guy basket! Great job! :sunglasses::+1:


Oh! For some reason I read it as veneer, I don’t know why.

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Nice job on the work around engraving with metal!


Wow … This is so well put together!

the extra positive for veneer is that you can buy it already having adhesive backing on it. just peel and stick after you cut/engrave.

Hey @bwente, I just purchased some similar bottle openers and was wondering what adhesive you used for attaching the wood and how it’s holding up?

I used Loctite glue. It was a gift so not sure how it is holding up, but it felt pretty solid. I thought about drilling some holes in the stainless to allow more glue contact or roughing up the surface. But that seemed like work and I was in a hurry.

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Outstanding news. My hesitation was about the smooth metal as well and I though about roughing it up. Loctite Go2 is probably my favorite glue and I even have it on hand. Thanks a bunch!