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Old 01-17-2013, 02:52 PM   #391
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Please forgive my ignorance, but I know nothing about "threads" or woodworking. Which type of helical insert and which internal thread would be appropriate for a homemade wooden tap handle. (I am looking to drill a hole in the bottom of wood and place an insert that would work with the thread on the tap)

Thanks for your guidance.
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Please forgive my ignorance, but I know nothing about "threads" or woodworking. Which type of helical insert and which internal thread would be appropriate for a homemade wooden tap handle. (I am looking to drill a hole in the bottom of wood and place an insert that would work with the thread on the tap)

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Cheapest and most easily found (at any hardware store) is the "T-Nut."



I located the center of the base and drilled a 3/8” hole about 1/2” into the base. The I screwed the “T-Nut” onto the beer tap, and marked where the front of the nut fell. That way it would be in the right position when the tap was screwed back on.

I used some Gorilla Glue to mount it and tapped the nut in place. (If using the foaming kind of Gorilla Glue, keep and eye on it to make sure that the foaming glue doesn’t get up into the threaded area. I found that if it does, a Q-tip with some mineral spirits worked great to clean the glue out.

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Old 01-17-2013, 05:58 PM   #393
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Here's my RR spike. It was surprisingly easy to work with. I used an air grinder, cut- off wheel, drill, and tap. It polished up real nice, but it is already siding some surface rust. I need to hit it again, then seal it somehow.

I'm sure just about any shop would do this for you fairly cheaply...
clear coat spray paint will be plenty. that turned out REALLY nice!!
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Old 01-24-2013, 01:20 PM   #394
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Sorry, I was trying to link to the page that has, External threaded, tapping insert for wood. Although Mcmaster-carr has made my angry. They won't ship to me because I live on the border and they say they don't wan't to mess with U.S. export law.

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Great thread guys. Lots of really cool designs in here. Provides a wealth of knowledge, and gave me a lot of good ideas. Not to start to acquire parts and get rid of those plain 'ol black handles.

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Just got these mounted last night:

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Aren't you concerned with losing an arm?


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Aren't you concerned with losing an arm?

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I didn't even realize what they were until I saw your comment.
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Didn't know there was an official DIY Tap Handle thread. I made this a few months ago and since then have added some of those adapters that make the tap handle stand more straight up so the handles don't touch each other.

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Didn't know there was an official DIY Tap Handle thread. I made this a few months ago and since then have added some of those adapters that make the tap handle stand more straight up so the handles don't touch each other.

I would expect everything coming out of the one on the right leaves a bad taste in your mouth...
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