2 Tap Handles

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Project by Tooch posted 08-16-2016 03:33 PM 872 views 1 time favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My friend is getting married soon, and asked me to make personalized tap handles for the reception. Another guy he works with is brewing several types of beer (stout, colonial ale, pumpkin, and Oktoberfest) so this is my contribution.

The wood was reclaimed from some old workbenches that were replaced last year. I knew it was maple, but after planing it down, I was pleasantly surprised to see it had some birdseye, too.

After looking at some tap handles online, I designed the artwork in CorelDraw with my buddies request. I cut the angles at the top are at 9°, subtly representing their anniversary (9-9).

Hardest part was screwing in the fitting, but I found a specialty tool at Rockler which allowed me to use a drill press to help get it started.

We tested the fit of the handles on the tap this Sunday, as well as a tasting of the beers. I’m happy to say that everything fit and tasted great!

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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#1 posted 08-16-2016 03:43 PM

Those are awesome. Love it. Great job buddy

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#2 posted 08-16-2016 03:46 PM

Very nice.

If you were using hanger bolts (one wood thread side/machine thread on the other). Use two nuts on the machine thread side of the bolt jamming them together with a couple of wrenches snug, then you can use a wrench on the outer nut to screw it in until the machne threads are flush, then use the two wrenches to remove the nuts.

-- Darren, KCMO,

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#3 posted 08-16-2016 03:47 PM

Sorry, should have looked at the other pic, I see you were using thread inserts, there is a t-handle to use on those, but I like the idea of the drill press too.

-- Darren, KCMO,

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#4 posted 08-16-2016 04:00 PM

Those are really cool,Tooch!!


-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#5 posted 08-16-2016 04:07 PM

Time for the well deserved “dark-cold one”!

Nicely created.

-- SAWDUST is THERAPY without a couch! just rjR

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#6 posted 08-16-2016 07:23 PM

Looking good

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#7 posted 08-16-2016 07:50 PM

Great looking handles and a lot of thought went into these .
sounds like you are enjoying the time leading up to the wedding .


-- Kiefer

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#8 posted 08-16-2016 10:28 PM

Very nice Tooch! Love the way they look with the burned in lettering!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#9 posted 08-16-2016 11:41 PM

Thanks for all the nice comments, guys. Also makes a good reason to buy a Keg-o-rater!

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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#10 posted 08-17-2016 02:14 AM

Nice job!

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#11 posted 08-17-2016 11:38 AM

Both look great

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#12 posted 08-17-2016 12:43 PM

Most excellent

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

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#13 posted 08-17-2016 04:09 PM

Tooch, those are so nice looking and will make wonderful gifts.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#14 posted 08-18-2016 06:10 PM

I’ll have a tall glass right now. Those really turned out great.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#15 posted 08-27-2016 01:39 PM

I could lay underneath either one o these … lol

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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