Tap Handles

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Project by Kevin_S posted 12-05-2012 03:55 AM 1252 views 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The tap on the right, with the gold ball, is made from applewood. If you check my recent post of my bandsaw milling jig you will get more of the back story on the wood. The short version is that this project started with a tree.

The handle was roughed out on the bandsaw, then taken down to final dimensions on the spindle sander. The gold ball is a door knob I cut from its base and rubbed with steel wool to get a more satin finish. I epoxied it into a hole drilled into the top of the handle. The finish is boiled linseed oil.

The tap on the left was made from scraps from my entertainment center project; maple and walnut. I glued together the blank, then did all the tapered faces on the oscillating belt sander. It’s finished with polyurethane.

More importantly is what I have on tap! On the left is soon to be a porter (it just finished fermenting) and on the right is a golden lager.

As you can see I have a third tap that is a project yet to be started. I think I will have a beer and ponder the possibilities…

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#1 posted 12-05-2012 12:39 PM

These are a great addition to anyone’s bar! Tap handles have always been the way to identify a particular brand of Ale the world over – these state that you are proud of your brew.

Congrats – on both the handles and the brews!



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#2 posted 12-05-2012 02:43 PM

Oh yeah! I’ll drink to that! Cool!

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#3 posted 12-05-2012 09:57 PM

Ravishing with beauty.

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#4 posted 12-06-2012 02:45 PM

I like it, nice work.

-- Vince

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