How to make a pallet beer opener

If you’re heading into the Christmas season and want to ensure you have a beer opener to end all beer openers why not consider making one that will be the envy of all of your friends and family.

Using an old pallet plank, you can create a super handy pallet beer opener that will be a keepsake for each and every occasion in the future.

My simply using a few old items lying around in your shed, you can create in a few hours an epic beer or drink opener that will be the centrepiece of your next BBQ or gathering.

In this blog, we share the steps on making your very own pallet beer opener from a few simple items you’ll have laying around in your shed. You can personalise it with a cool transfer or you can leave it a little rustic to add some charm to your next BBQ. The choice is yours.

Here’s what you need to make this little beauty.


  • Sander
  • Power Drill
  • Planer
  • Screwdriver


  • 75cm planks x 4
  • Nails and screws to assemble the planks
  • Bottle opener
  • Transfer pen for picture

Step 1
Measure and cut your plank to size for your beer opener

In this first step, you will need to grab your plant and ensure it is a big one so you can make the best beer opener known to man. You can get one around 75cm ideally.

Sand back the plank to remove any splinters and ensure a smooth surface. After sanding, you can cut the plank in half then grab some back sticks. You will need to leave some space between your two planks to ensure that everything works when it is assembled. You will then need to cut some planks for the back as well.

Step 2
Assemble the planks and pull everything together

Next, now you have cut everything to size you will need to put it all together. Use some nails or screws (whatever suits you) and put together the bottle opener securely. You can be a little flexible with putting it together, so long as it is sturdy, that’s the main thing.

Step 3
Now for the opener


Now that you have your structure in place, it’s time to get your opener ready to fix to the planks of wood. You can drill some holes in the plank and attach the opener, just add some washers for good measure and fix it securely. The process for attaching the washer and nuts is fairly straightforward, we used a nut / washer/ wood / PVC / opener / washer / bolt system. If you have a better system, the choice is yours however this worked well for us.

Step 4
Add a cool picture


To add a bit of personality to your plank bottle opener, we added a picture with a transfer pen. Simply grab a picture from Google that suits and that you think will transfer well to wood and trace it with the transfer pen. You can go old school or simply personalise it with your name or something a little quirky.

Step 5
Add the basket to collect your bottle tops

No one likes stepping on bottle tops, so the next step is to add a cool basket to the bottom of your plank bottle opener to catch the tops of your beers or drinks once you open them.

This ingenious little idea is made from the same plank as the rest of the board and is easily assembled with a little bit of know-how.

Cut two 45-degree triangles and 15x8cm board and add nails and wood glue. Then you simply need to add some hanging screws to the top to fix everything in place.

Once you have assembled your basket, you are ready to put your feet up and enjoy some cold ones.

As you can see, making some pretty nifty items out of bits and pieces you have laying around in your back garden or shed is simple with ToolMates. With a little bit of initiative, you can make some very cool items that will not only be the envy or your friends but will be super useful for your next gathering.

We hope you enjoy and remember if you don’t have all the tools you need, why not borrow them from someone in your area using ToolMates, why spend money on buying the tools, when you can lend them for a little fee?

What’s the point in having a bunch of expensive machinery hanging around at home when you only use it once or twice a year? With ToolMates, you can rent those tools out to people in your area and make money off your used items! Find out how with ToolMates Hire.

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