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Forum topic by grub32 posted 02-08-2010 04:27 AM 1342 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-08-2010 04:27 AM

I am looking to turn some beer tap handles out of cherry…I am going to have to either screw in threaded inserts into the bottom or I will need to tap threads into the bottom.

Either way, I am going to have to buy into either option. I can get a cheap tap from HF for 15$ or I can buy the threaded inserts from woodcraft for 10 $ with the T-Handle. I am not worried about the money.

Part of me says buy the tap and make the threads myself, then I will have it if I need it in the future. The other side says that I should get the inserts because they will be more durable over time.

What do you think will be the best option?

Thanks in advance,


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#1 posted 02-08-2010 04:32 AM


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#2 posted 02-08-2010 04:49 AM

I think your decision may have to be made by considering the size (length/diameter) of the threads in the portion of the tap head into which the handle must thread. The typical length of the beer tap handle will give it a great deal of leverage and therefore a lot of force on the interface between wood and metal. It you are going to create wooden threads, the diameter of the threaded section must be strong enough to withstand the operating force.

Edit, another thought, Making threads in wood works better if you are threading “across” the grain rather than “with” the grain

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#3 posted 02-08-2010 05:06 AM

Check out Norther Brewer….a home brew supplier. Threaded inserts for $2.25.

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#5 posted 08-18-2011 07:52 AM

Go with the inserts! Wood threads against metal are almost certain to fail. Looks like the guys above took care of you. I’m going to look at the links too, I like the looks of the norther brewer.

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