CustomTap Handles #2: Patience Pays Off

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Blog entry by wdkits1 posted 10-03-2012 02:52 PM 1516 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Hi Everyone

I finally got the Custom Intarsia tap handles and tower complete.
This was a challenging little project which tested my Intarsia skills(and patience) but was fun to do.The client is very pleased.The tower is made from mahogany and features a removable back to access the tap installation and hoses. Threaded inserts were installed to provide a way to attach it to the bar top. The curved sides were made by laminating thin pieces to form the curve.

Each of the tap handles consist of 40 pieces for the intarsia with 5 coats of spray-on poly for the finish. The woods used are:
Frame-antique mahogany
Background- lacewood
letters,nose, eye pupils -ebony
body-Peruvian walnut
chest ,muzzle and bottle label- cherry
foam and eyes-holly
bottle- lignum vitae

The card holders are made from antique mahogany

Can’t wait to see it all set up.
On to the next project—Complete restoration of a “Buch’s Pennsylvania 3” cornsheller Circa 1897

-- Mike --

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#1 posted 10-03-2012 03:28 PM

now that is fantastic work, great job there mike, i would never doubt your ability to overcome what is needed and then get it done…your work is always a pleasure to see…grizz

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#2 posted 10-03-2012 04:12 PM

Super work Mike!

-- spanky46 -- Never enough clamps...Never enough tools...Never enough time.

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#3 posted 10-03-2012 09:00 PM

Where do you get the threaded ferrules that screw into the tap itself? I plan to make a few handles for my brother’s and my keezer.

-- -=Pride is not a sin=-

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#4 posted 10-03-2012 09:51 PM

Super nice. I feel like havin a good pint now

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

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