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    DIY bench bottle capper


    So in addition to a brewing addiction, which means I can do no wrong according to my neighbors, it seems I am developing a bit of a habit when it comes to building kit.

    The latest efforts involve building a DIY bench capper.

    Prototype 1 was made of wood and is bulky and not portable and didn't get much further than a couple of mock-ups.
    Prototype 2 required welding and has been put on the back burner. My beginner welding needs lots of grinding and my neighbors can only handle so much...

    Prototype 3, while also metal relies more on modifying tools and very basic (drill and cut) modifications.

    Partially lost a few beers during testing the various prototypes.


    Let me know if you would like photos of any of these.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JIGSAW View Post
    How can you not share them photos
    ^ What Jigsaw said!!
    Pics or it didnt happen

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    Prototype 1 (Wood)

    Basically a long lever pushes a piece of wood moving either the bottle or the capper within a frame.

    Mock up:
    IMG-20200901-WA0008.jpg

    Mock-up testing (accident scene
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    Prototype 2
    Steel that involves welding.
    Basically this is just a manual build of a height adjustable bench capper:

    signal-2020-09-06-120009.jpg

    Please note beers remained closed until work ceased. Power tools and alcohol are a dangerous combination.

    You put it together and end up with this:

    signal-2020-09-09-184316.jpg

    Pieces of wood standing in for beer bottles.

    Figured out that a base that prevents the capper from moving upwards, as the bottle resists the pressure applied to it, is very necessary.

    Also had an accident or two here during testing.

    This was showing positive signs, i.e., of working, but the amount of fabrication time was ridiculous. I would chalk most of that up to my welding and figuring out how to build it as I went.
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    me thinks you must remain on the couch
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    Methinks you should pay a visit to your local HB store and get a capper like the Emily model...

    Kudos for trying to make your own though. I would have given up a long time ago...
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    Quote Originally Posted by JIGSAW View Post
    me thinks you must remain on the couch

    ...........

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    Well there is always the prototype number 3. Which capped 100 bottles today. ;-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by smitty View Post
    Well there is always the prototype number 3. Which capped 100 bottles today. ;-)

    Pics or it didn't happen
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