Piston Beer Tap Handle

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Project by artsyfartsy posted 06-05-2016 02:40 PM 572 views 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was probably the most challenging of all the turning projects I’ve done. It’s a piston with a piston rod Beer Tap Handle. It has a brass threaded insert, 3/8” X 16 TPI, in the bottom so it could fit a standard American beer spigot. I turned the Walnut “piston rod” first, then cut the sides to make it flat, to look like a piston rod. Then I drilled a hole in the bottom of the “piston rod” to accept the “crankshaft”. I wanted the piston head to stand out so I made the piston head out of Cherry. The whole thing is 8 1/2” tall and the piston is 2 1/8” in diameter and 2 1/2” tall. To finish it off, I give it three layers of lacquer.

-- DWelch. Michigan, The only dumb question is the one not asked!

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#1 posted 06-05-2016 02:46 PM

That’s flat out impressive. Good job Don! Wish I could pull the handle and have a couple of pints with you.

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#2 posted 06-05-2016 07:16 PM

When I saw that piston I thought…. I bet he’s from MI. And I was right!
Super nice job on this. I to wish I could pull on that piston for a nice cold one!

-- Tony C UAW, St Augustine FL, My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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#3 posted 06-06-2016 12:12 AM

Gearheads and beerheads will love this thing!

Could use a pint from it, too—it’s 100 degrees in Portland right now…........

-- Dean

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#4 posted 06-06-2016 06:31 AM

Looks good Don.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#5 posted 06-06-2016 07:24 AM

Very original idea for all car/engine lovers.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#6 posted 06-06-2016 12:15 PM

Nice job turning, and meticulous detail in centering the hole. I did a couple of tap handles about a year ago, I recommend reversing the insert so you get a smooth face showing; just use a bolt and nut to insert it. I shattered my first one doing the insert in rosewood, found I had to tap the treads first or the pressure was too high.

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#7 posted 06-06-2016 06:26 PM

Very nice

-- -Paul, South Carolina Structural Engineer by trade, Crappy Woodworker by choice

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#8 posted 06-07-2016 04:56 AM

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#9 posted 06-07-2016 03:54 PM

Turn it on and get your motor humming!
That is unique and we’ll done.

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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