People can certainly become creative when it comes to completing simple tasks like that of removing a bottle cap. Woodworker [Matt Thompson] has come up with a next-level bottle opener that not only does the job but also functions as a game of chance. (Video, embedded below.)
The process usually starts with a spin of his chore wheel that will surprisingly often advise you to drink a beer. While the bottle cap is removed by a standard wall-mounted opener, the fun starts when the cap falls through a wooden labyrinth of various mechanisms reminiscent of a Rube Goldberg machine. Finally, the cap goes through an arrangement of nails, known as a Galton Board which is also found in some pinball and historic gaming machines, before landing in one of two containers marked “winner” and “try again”. The former will trigger the rotating wheel of a self-built peanut dispenser to provide the thirsty person with some tasty snacks. While we would love to see a making-of video with more technical details of this project, we still appreciate the exquisite woodworking and fine craftsmanship that went into building it.
By the way, if you are ever in need of an Arduino board that can also serve as a bottle opener then have a look at HaDuino.
[Thanks to Emanuel for pointing out the proper name of the Galton Board]
11 thoughts on “A Gambler’s Bottle Opener”
I appreciate how, much like the “drink a beer” spinner, all the levers and bobs and nails are just for show, and don’t actually have an effect on the outcome.
The cap can land on the other side.
I think I’ll pass on playing Wheel of Anaphylaxis but it’s a well-done project.
Russian Roulette for the daring and the pathophysiologically inclined.
Great build, love that chore wheel :-D
This would suit well the wheel of the worst and plinketto episodes of one of my favourite YouTube channels. Nice work!
Cool and novel, but where’s the actual plans?
Where can I get the plans? This is awesome
Can you buy this?
where can we buy this one it is awesome ❤️
Please please where can I get those plans. It is absolutely fantastic
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